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‘Research Talent Program’ worth €12.7M launched by University Alliance EuroTech

EuroTech Universities Alliance, a strategic partnership of six leading universities of science and technology, supports the career development of young high-potential researchers with a postdoctoral fellowship program worth €12.7 million. Within this ‘EuroTechPostdoc2’ program (ETPD2)[1] – co-funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 – the universities will offer seventy grants to postdoctoral researchers over the next five years, who will receive trainings on multidisciplinary research and entrepreneurship, and exchange opportunities with the involved partners. EuroTechPostdoc2 will have an official online kick-off on June 24th.
The EuroTech Universities Alliance is a strategic partnership consisting of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Technical University of Munich (TUM), École Polytechnique (L’X), and Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The ‘EuroTechPostdoc2’ program is the successor of the program that EuroTech launched in 2017.
70 fellowships
The universities will grant 70 fellowships for a 24-month period to collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects across the alliance. Eindhoven University of Technology coordinates the program, which has a total worth of €12.7 million, with €5.1 million coming from European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND program and another €7.6 million put forward by the universities in the alliance.
This post-doc programme provides a strong contribution to the education of the next generation of leading European scientists,” says Robert-Jan Smits, president of Eindhoven University of Technology. “It helps young top PhD's to boost their academic skills and enables them to broaden their horizon and establish international networks. This second EuroTech post-doc programme underlines the value of our alliance of top European universities of technology and I am proud that Eindhoven University of Technology is leading this programme.
Host and Co-host
The ETPD2 program focuses on young experienced researchers who have already demonstrated excellence and potential in their research field. It provides international research and career development opportunities. “Fellows are trained in multidisciplinary research settings and are offered entrepreneurship opportunities including intersectoral mobility with industry,” says Ingrid Vliegen, program manager of the ETPD2 program. “Each fellow will have a host and a co-host supervisor at two different Eurotech universities to provide valuable international research experience.
Benoît Deveaud, Vice Provost for Research at École Polytechnique, emphasizes: “Promoting and enabling in-depth collaboration and research across Europe is extremely important, as we must address major challenges to society and industry on an increasingly global level. As the EuroTech PostDoc2 offers high-potential postdoctoral candidates training in multidisciplinary research and interaction with partner institutions, the program enhances students' exposure to international academic knowledge and research practices. L’X is thrilled to support its partner universities and play a key role in fostering academic cooperation and strengthening scientific and academic exchange opportunities”.
The first EuroTechPostdoc program, coordinated by TUM, was one of the first cross-country fellowship programs when it launched in 2017. Fellows appreciate the personal approach and the exchange of valuable experiences between fellows.
On June 24th, the ETPD2 program will be officially opened by Robert-Jan Smits.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 899987.
[1] ‘EuroTechPostdoc2’ Program to be coordinated by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

About École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 41% of students and 40% of faculty members).

École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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