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KITFEM PROJECT. MSCA RISE

Employees and innovation: a case study

On 21st of September, students at CUNEF participated in a seminar given by Souhail Ramid, researcher at Al Akhawayn University (Morocco). Souhail spent three months at CUNEF to work together with Prof Dr Sylvia Rohlfer on research about employees´ influence over firm´s innovation capabilities. Students discussed the results of a case study he had conducted over the summer on a smaller Italian enterprise operating in a global sector and with recognized innovation results.

This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734447 (#KITFEM)

KITFEM Project Website

Since the rise of emerging economies in the global scenario, it has been critical to better understand the role of knowledge and innovation played in this process. We focus on researching not only how knowledge and innovation is managed and generated in emerging markets, but also how traditionally they learned from advanced economies to enhance their innovation capability, and recently the reverse innovation process about how this innovation capability in emerging markets affects and is transferred to advanced economies.

KITFEM Project objectives

Based on these premises and purposes, K.I.T.F.E.M. project aims to pool EU and emerging markets’ competences and on-going research efforts to carry out a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and multi-level investigation, aimed at analyzing the role and the interplay of the main factors that characterize knowledge management, innovation and competitiveness in, to and from emerging markets and the projected impacts on EU innovation strategies and policies, as well as exchanging, training and diffusing knowledge and innovation among academic and nonacademic sectors. Therefore, the main questions for the RISE research exchange and the joint scientific activities planned are specified in the following:

1. How do international knowledge transfer, new technology and business models innovation and implementation work with (in, to and from) emerging markets? How do these factors impact on emerging countries (i.e. Argentina, China, Mexico, Morocco, or Vietnam in this project) enterprises’ innovation capabilities? How do these factors interact with each other and how can these interactions affect EU enterprises’ innovation capabilities?

2. How does collaborative innovation among different stakeholders emerge and succeed in advanced economies and emerging markets? What are the strategic factors in influencing knowledge transfer and innovation in advanced economies and emerging countries enterprises? What is the role of cultural difference played in this process? Finally, how do these factors affect knowledge, innovation and overall firm performance?

3. Which are the challenges for organizations and their workforce when involving employees for increasing firm innovativeness? What forms of employee participation are used and what is the causal relationship between employee participation and involvement and firm’s innovation performance? What are the contextual conditions in emerging markets under which different forms of employee participation evolve and feed into a firm’s innovation performance, especially in comparison with these in advanced economies in the EU?

4. How do expatriate management practices facilitate knowledge management and innovation creation? How do different types of expatriate management practices interrelate and systematically mediate the duality of innovative capability? Which mechanisms push employees to create new ideas/start-up? Which processes are necessary for a new product/service creation?

5. Are there significant relationships among international knowledge and technology transfer process, collaborative innovation, employment relations, and expatriate management, which affects firms’ strategies and institutional policies for EU and emerging countries, both in terms of knowledge creation, innovation and overall firm performance? If so, what can these relationships tell about emerging countries’ path to technology and business innovation? Last but not least, what are the actual and potential impacts of a strengthened innovation capacity of these emerging countries on EU enterprises’ strategies and innovation policies? How can local policies, following specific EU sectorial strategy, affect businesses in the knowledge and technological transfer process?

While the specific objectives are to be transferred into specific work package (the state of art of each research field within the study question will be detailed in each work package in the section 3) to work with, the final aim of the proposed exchange schema is also to create the nucleus of a unique network of European and emerging countries’ (i.e. Argentina, China, Mexico, Morocco and Vietnam) knowledge and innovation scientists, universities and research centers, along with the participation of non-academic sector, to better connect with and contribute to the ampler society. This nucleus will be capable to facilitate scientific collaboration based on the realization of joint research and training programs, the mobility of researchers and their projects between EU and emerging countries.

https://cunef.edu/web/kitfem

 

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ENTREVISTA: MSCA FELLOW COFUND MVISION Jesús Miguel Pradillo Justo

“Quiero seguir trabajando en España, profundizando en el conocimiento de la patología cerebrovascular”

M+Visión COFUND Advanced Fellow 2014. Departamento de Farmacología de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid

1.- Para empezar esta entrevista, nos gustaría conocer cómo nació su vocación científica ¿Cuándo, por qué decidió que quería ser científico, en qué área se ha formado y en qué instituciones ha estudiado y trabajado?

Desde pequeño he sido bastante curioso, me ha gustado hacer experimentos en casa y sobre todo siempre me ha gustado el área de la Biología y conocer más acerca de cómo se producen las diferentes enfermedades que nos afectan. Por este motivo decidí estudiar Biología en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) y me especialicé en Biología Sanitaria. Una vez acabada la carrera, tenía muy claro que quería investigar, que quería trabajar en un laboratorio y conocer más sobre las enfermedades. Así, por azar comencé mi tesis doctoral en el área del ictus cerebral, sobre todo porque es una patología muy común y que afecta al órgano más desconocido e interesante de nuestro cuerpo, el cerebro. Dicha tesis la realicé en el Departamento de Farmacología de la Facultad de Medicina de la UCM, bajo la dirección de los doctores M. Ángeles Moro e Ignacio Lizasoain.

Al acabarla, decidí completar mi formación como investigador realizando una estancia de cuatro años en la Universidad de Manchester (Reino Unido), en el grupo dirigido por la profesora Nancy Rothwell, dedicado a investigar cómo diferentes factores de riesgo (obesidad, infecciones, aterosclerosis) afectan a la lesión isquémica. En este grupo fue donde me inicié en el campo de la bioimagen por resonancia magnética aplicado al ictus isquémico.

En 2013, regresé a Madrid, al mismo departamento donde realicé mi tesis, para dedicarme, ya como un investigador más senior, a la investigación del ictus cerebral combinando factores de riesgo, imagen y nuevos posibles fármacos que ayuden a mejorar el conocimiento de su fisiopatología y enriquezcan el pobre tratamiento actual de esta patología.

2.- ¿Cómo conoció el Programa de Ayudas M+Visión COFUND y por qué decidió solicitarlas?

Al volver de mi estancia posdoctoral en Manchester, como tenía mucho interés en el campo de la imagen biomédica en isquemia cerebral, comenzamos una colaboración con un grupo especialista en análisis de este tipo de imágenes en la Escuela de Ingenieros de Telecomunicaciones de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), liderado por el profesor Andrés Santos.

Este grupo fue el que me informó a cerca de este tipo de ayudas basadas en proyectos de imagen biomédica. Como mi idea era el seguir trabajando con animales con diferentes factores de riesgo para ictus y combinarlo con técnicas de imagen, ambos grupos (el dirigido por los profesores M. Ángeles Moro e Ignacio Lizasoain en la UCM y el liderado por el profesor Andrés Santos en la UPM) me animaron a pensar en un proyecto que combinara ambos factores y que lo presentara para poder obtener una de las ayudas del programa M+Visión COFUND, cosa que afortunadamente ocurrió.

3.- ¿Qué es lo que más le ha interesado de la posibilidad de especializarse en imagen biomédica?

Mi interés sobre la imagen biomédica dentro del campo de la isquemia cerebral reside en primer lugar en que son las técnicas utilizadas en la clínica para diagnosticar y realizar un seguimiento a los pacientes de ictus. Por tanto, a nivel experimental son técnicas con un alto nivel de translación del laboratorio al paciente. En segundo lugar son técnicas que permiten obtener de su análisis mucha información y, finalmente, permiten realizar un seguimiento, es decir, obtenerlas a diferentes tiempos tras la isquemia, reduciendo así el número de animales a utilizar.

4.- Y la posibilidad de especializarse en España ¿Qué le está aportando a su carrera?

La ayuda M+Visión COFUND me está ayudando a continuar mi carrera como investigador en nuestro país, después de haber realizado una estancia posdoctoral de cuatro años. Además, me ayudarán a consolidarme en el futuro con una plaza más estable y poder fundar mi propio grupo como investigador principal.

5.- ¿En qué proyecto de investigación está trabajando?

El proyecto que estamos desarrollando se basa en averiguar cómo diferentes factores de riesgo para ictus, como la edad, obesidad, diabetes y la aterosclerosis influyen en la angiogénesis tras isquemia analizada mediante imágenes de resonancia magnética nuclear. La angiogénesis es un proceso beneficioso que ocurre después de una isquemia en el cerebro y consiste en la creación de nuevos vasos sanguíneos para volver a irrigar la zona afectada. En nuestro proyecto pretendemos analizar dicha creación de nuevos vasos mediante la adquisición dinámica de imágenes de resonancia potenciada por un agente de contraste, técnica muy empleada en cáncer, pero poco estudiada en isquemia cerebral y evaluar cómo diferentes factores de riesgo la afectan.

6.- ¿Por qué cree que esta línea de investigación tendrá impacto en el ámbito de la imagen biomédica y en que sentido redundará en la mejora de la salud?

Si somos capaces de evaluar la creación de nuevos vasos una tras isquemia cerebral mediante esta técnica de resonancia magnética y establecer cómo diferentes factores de riesgo influyen en este proceso, lograríamos un avance importante en el conocimiento de este proceso beneficioso mediante una técnica no invasiva, altamente translacional y sería la primera vez que se aplica en el campo de la isquemia cerebral. Esto permitiría su empleo en pacientes con ictus, en los que podríamos averiguar, de forma no invasiva, que grado de angiogénesis tienen, estudiar su evolución en el tiempo y confirmar nuestros hallazgos sobre el efecto de diferentes factores de riesgo sobre este proceso reparador para diseñar así estrategias farmacológicas para potenciarla.

7.- ¿Dónde le gustaría trabajar cuando termine este programa? Y a largo plazo, dentro de diez años ¿En qué proyectos le interesaría estar involucrado?

Me gustaría seguir trabajando aquí en España, en concreto en la Universidad Complutense, lugar donde estudié y me he formado en parte como investigador. Me gustaría consolidarme como investigador, fundar mi propio grupo para seguir profundizando en el conocimiento sobre la patología cerebrovascular, seguir combinando factores de riesgo e imagen, para así aumentar la translación desde la ciencia experimental a la clínica y poder contribuir a prevenir y mejorar el tratamiento de esta patología cada vez más común en nuestra sociedad.

The M+Visión Advanced Fellowship is supported by the EU COFUND under FP7. Learn more about COFUND (PDF) +

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CERTIFICADOS para fellows MARIE CURIE del 7º Programa Marco.

Durante el Séptimo Programa Marco (7PM), las acciones Marie Curie han financiado más de 50.000 investigadores de 140 nacionalidades diferentes en más de 19.700 organizaciones de acogida. Los investigadores pueden solicitar un certificado oficial por parte de la Comisión Europea.

Si ha disfrutado de una Acción Marie Curie del 7º Programa Marco, podrás solicitar tu certificado en el siguiente enlace. El responsable de la solicitud del Certificado MCA será la persona de contacto que aparecer en la firma del Gran Agreement.

Información Oficial: http://ec.europa.eu/rea/about_us/news/2015_10_02_news_en.htm 

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Checklist for IF 2015 Submissions

El próximo día 10 de septiembre cerrará la segunda convocatoria de las Acciones Individuales del Programa Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions de Horizonte 2020. Se ha publicado recientemente un checklist por parte de EURESEARCH coordinadores del proyecto NET4MOBILITY de los NCP del programa.

Podeis descargar este checklist que os podrá ser de ayuda a la hora de realizar la submission de vuestra propuesta y evitar errores habituales.

Mucha Suerte

 

 

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HyMedPoly opens 15 position for pre-doctoral researchers to create and implement new strategies for drug-free antibacterial hybrid biopolymers for medical applications

The HyMedPoly project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 643050 for European Industrial Doctorate and has currently open positions for 15 young PhD researchers to create and implement new strategies for drug-free antibacterial hybrid biopolymers for medical applications.

THE POSITIONS WILL COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

  1. Recruitment by the beneficiary under an employment contract (or other direct contract with equivalent benefits, including social security coverage) or — if not otherwise possible under national law — under a fixed amount fellowship agreement with minimum social security coverage;
  2. Be employed for 3 years;
  3. Be employed full-time;
  4. Be working exclusively for the action.

THE RECRUITED RESEARCHERS MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

  1. Not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country where the research training activities take place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date;
  2. In case the beneficiary is an international European interest organisation or international organisation: not have spent with the beneficiary more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date;
  3. Be at the date of recruitment an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree).

FELLOWSHIP GROSS AMOUNT:

  • living allowance (3110 €/month, country correction factor to be applied)
  • mobility and family allowance (600 or 1100 €/month depending on the researcher’s family situation)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

The Application must use the form below for input. The ESRs position descriptions can be downloaded here. Applications must include:

  1. Application letter detailing the reasons for applying
  2. CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  3. A 1-page Personal Statement  outlining your research interests, research experience, academic achievements and career ambitions.
  4. Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  5. Details of internationally recognized language qualifications achieved
  6. List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  7. Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number). One or more letters of reference may be included

Download ESR Descriptions

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INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR FELLOWSHIPS IN BIOMEDICAL IMAGING M+VISIÓN COFUND 2015. APPLICATIONS DUE 15TH JUNE

The international call M+VISION COFUND 2015 offering fellowships for researchers in biomedical imaging in Madrid and Boston has been published on 14th May.

The Regional Ministry for Education of Comunidad de Madrid offers 10 fellowships for specialists on advanced research in biomedical imaging. This call is part of M+VISION, a program in collaboration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT ) and co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union.

Initially, the fellowship lasts for 12 months that can be prolonged with a 24-month contract, provided that there is a host organisation (university, research centre, hospital or firm) based in Madrid that hires the researchers during the second and third year. Host organizations will have a co-financing of up to 57% for hiring the researchers.

The economic support consists of:

  • Fellowship (first year): 43,000 € / year
  • Employment contract (second and third year): € 65,000 / year (Employer cost, including social security charges)
  • Research costs: 2.300 € / year
  • Travel costs: 3.300 € / year

 There are two types of fellowships depending on the type of mobility that they include:

  • Incoming modality (7 fellowships): the three years of fellowship take place in Spain.
  • Outgoing modality (3 fellowships) : the first two years of fellowship take place in the United States and the third year in Spain.

 Who can apply for a fellowship?

  • Researchers in possession of a doctoral degree or with at least four years of research experience FTE
  • That submit a research project idea
  • That wish to develop their research project in a Spanish host organization
  • That meet the mobility requirements for the selected fellowship modality:
  1.   Incoming modality: at the time of the application, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the last three years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  2.   Outgoing modality: at the time of the application the applicant must be resident in Spain and must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the United States for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline.

More information for candidates and host organizations :

sara.alfonso@madrimasd.org

 http://mvisionconsortium.mit.edu/advancedfellowship

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Predoctoral Opportunities at SENECA PROJECT: Software Engineering in Enterprise Cloud Applications

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Bitergia (a startup company), both in the Madrid (Spain) area, are recruiting PhD students interested in researching at an international level in one of the most active fields in software engineering: cloud computing. The selected persons will be hired for working towards their PhD thesis while collaborating in an international environment with participation of research institutions and companies. The contract will include stays in two European countries, and a competitive gross salary of around 27,000 euros/year plus some benefits such as a monthly mobility and family allowance (*). The research will be centered in real-world software development projects, with a clear industrial impact, such as OpenStack.

The LibreSoft group at URJC, coordinated by Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona and Gregorio Robles, is one of the leading worldwide teams in the area of quantitative research about software development, with a strong focus on free / open source software (FOSS) development processes and communities. The group has developed state-of-the-art tools for retrieving and analyzing information from software development repositories, and has a long trajectory of applying data analytics techniques to obtain factual information from them. The group has strong ties with IT industry and FOSS communities.

Bitergia is a start-up that provides tools (metrics, charts and data) and platforms to extract, parse and visualize in an automated way relevant information about software development projects.

It is currently providing software development dashboards to some of the most important open source communities in the world such as the OpenStack Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation or the Wikimedia Foundation. And covering through customization and consultancy the needs of companies such as Red Hat, Puppet Labs or Citrix.

Thanks to its position and the variety of customers, Bitergia is continuously facing challenging needs and looking for imaginative and top technology solutions.

The positions are funded by the European Commission as a European Industrial Doctorate, a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Action: the Seneca project. The project is carried on by a consortium of three Universities and three companies, all hosting PhD students, and all collaborating to advance the state of the art in the field. This environment will allow participants to gain both academic and industrial experience, while working towards their PhD.

Candidates have to comply with several conditions, such as not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years, and being in the first years of their research career, or in position to start a research career, and not have a doctoral degree.

More information:

* Recruitment details at the Seneca project website: http://senecaproject.github.io/#vacancies

* Detailed announcement at the EURAXESS website:

http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/34010666

http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/34008460

http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/34008457

(*) For details on the salaries, benefits and other conditions refer to the announcements linked above, and the references they include.

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2ª Edición Premios Marie Skłodowska-Curie

On 18 November 2014, the MSCA will organise the second Awards Ceremony of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Prizes, which will take place at the Italian EU Presidency conference Empowering the Next Generation of Researchers in Trento .

 

This year there will be three categories:

  • Promising Research Talent
  • Communicating Science
  • Nurturing Research Talents

The selection criteria are available here(197 kB) for each category:

Who is eligible?

The contest is open for all FP7 MSCA Fellows and alumni. Please note that the Communicating Science prize is open to early stage and experienced researchers, the Promising research talent is open to fellows who have obtained their research results as an early stage researcher (i.e. no PhD or less than 4 years of experience), and the Nurturing Research Talents is open to experienced researchers (hold a PhD degree, or more than 4 years of experience).

How to apply?

More information on how to submit your application is available in the form(161 kB).

About the prize

The prize is symbolic: the award winner will have their travel and accommodation costs for the conference reimbursed and receive a certificate signed by the EU Commissioner for Education.

Indicative timeline

Below is an indicative calendar:

  • Call for applications opens in July 2014;
  • Call for applications closes on 21 September 2014 (midnight Brussels time)
  • Early October 2014: Individual assessment by members of the Jurypdf(97 kB);
  • Late October 2014: Consensus and selection of winners (by conference call), notification of winners.
  • 18 November 2014: Awards ceremony

To register to the Italian Presidency conference visit: www.msca2014.eu (available shortly)

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BÚSQUEDA DE CANDIDATOS PARA IF – EN ALEMANIA (POST DOC)

Marie Slodowska-Curie IF – International tendering for experienced researches who want to be hosted at a research-performing organisation (food technology and cereal processing) in Germany.

IGV GmbH is a German Institute for cereals processing and looks for Postdocs that would like to join the IF Marie Curie Action. We offer the possibility to join our company in the area of food technology and cereal processing. The company itself is a SME which is close to Berlin in Germany.

Specific actions could be in the field of:

  1. Procedural alignment with deepening of Food Process Engineering

Project work: EU project calls for experimental development services in engineering / technology for the food industry are preferred with focus on processing of vegetable raw materials

Main tasks: Process development in the field of thermal processes, Control of food production processes using sensor systems

Special knowledge in: Thermal Process Engineering / Process Analysis

 

  1. Alignment ingredients and their functional interactions in plant food commodities (focus on cereals)

Project work: EU project calls for development services in product and process development for the food industry that focus on processing of vegetable raw materials, preferably cereals.

Main tasks: ingredient-rich interaction mechanisms, enzyme based processes (fermentation), development of raw materials, intermediate and finished products, enrichment and functionalization of food from a nutritional focus

  1. Food technology – Extrusion and Milling

Possible project work:

  •  Specially-malt products (C-malt), which are developed and produced by planetary-extrusion and the generation of applications for new products
  • development of protein-based foods based on legumes (peas, beans, lentils, lupins)
  • Use of the planetary rollers extrusion for product development for different areas of the LM production
  • Product development on the basis of by-products from the LM-production and processing of agricultural crops for product development (food, feed)
  • extraction, analytical characterisation and stabilisation of secondary plant substances as components of functional foods and feed
  • Extraction and application of different types of fibers (fibres, resistant starch, semi digestible starch)

Our main focus:

Our aim of research and development in the field of food technology is the application of drug friendly and resource-saving technologies and the development of innovative products. Our base technologies in the field Extrusion and milling are:

1)     Technical mills grinding and fractionation procedures

  • rollers and pin mills
  • peeler and grinder
  • fine grinding

2)       Extrusion

  • hot extrusion, gelatinisation, pasta making
  • planetary roller extrusion

3)       Drying, tempering, fluidised bed roasting

Marie Curie Actions are funded schemes within the H2020 program. Important to notice is that only experienced researchers can apply. This means you will have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline. The grant provides an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to your host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported

Duration: 12 – 24 months

Contact Details:

Alexandra Pohl
Senior Manager
International Business, European Services

Brandenburg Economic Development Board
Steinstrasse 104–106
14480 Potsdam/Germany

T +49 331 660-3232
F +49 331 660-3235
M +49 173 6277516
alexandra.pohl@zab-brandenburg.de

 

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Las Acciones Marie Skłodowska-Curie ya tienen página en Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desde hace unos días se ha actualizado la página web de las Acciones Marie Skłodowska-Curie, no dudeis en darle al “me gusta” en vistas de la próxima Noche de los Investigadores 2014 que tendrá lugar el 26 de Septiembre en más de 250 ciudades europeas, se irán publicando noticias sobre los diferentes eventos.

https://www.facebook.com/Marie.Curie.Actions

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