The topic of February edition of Bilgi Cagi magazine is the researchers. Bilgi Cagi magazine takes attention to the Turkish researchers living abroad. While questioning the research opportunities in Turkey, it also presents examples of the successful researchers who chose to conduct their professions abroad because of many reasons. However, the magazine presents new opportunities for the researchers working abroad. International Reintegration Grants of the European Union is one of these opportunities that benefit both Turkish researchers working outside of Europe and Turkish research organizations with an aim to counter the European brain drain.
European Union makes it easier for Europe to reverse the brain drain by supporting the return of European researchers working in the third countries that is to say in the technologically developed countries outside of Europe. By means of supporting the return of the European researchers back in Europe, these researchers are expected to transfer their experience obtained in the third countries to Europe by not only promoting European research but also developing a long lasting between the European countries and the third countries such as the USA, Russia, Australia and Japan from where the researchers have returned.
Turkish Researchers are supported for Returning to Europe
The funds offered by the European Union benefit both the researchers to continue their research activities in Europe by contributing the career development of the researchers and the institutions to acquire new knowledge gained in the third countries.
By means of these funds, Turkish researchers can come back to work in Turkish institutions or Turkish institutions can employ Turkish or European researchers. The funds are granted for reintegration projects up to 4 years in the research area in a host organization in Europe including Turkey. The projects are expected to address research activities, training, and teaching, transfer of knowledge, commercial exploitation, and diffusion, development of co-operation with the scientific and/or industrial sector of thethird country from which the researcher is returning.
he researchers are granted 25,000 euro per year
The amount of grant is 25,000 euro per year. The grant covers the flat and salary costs of the researcher, research cost of the project offered, salary costs of other staff such as assistants and technicians, travel costs, patent and publication costs.
Find out if you are Eligible for Funding
The projects are submitted by a researcher in liaison with a host organization.
If you are a researcher, you must be an experienced researcher from the EU Member States or Associated Countries and active in research in one of the technologically developed countries other than European countries for at least 3 years at the date of submission of proposals, you may propose a research project to return to a Member State or Associated Country.
Moreover you should not have spent more than 12 months in a Member State or Associated Country during the previous 3 years at the time of the cut-off date of the proposal submission.
If you are a host organization that will employ the experienced researcher, you can be a university, public or private research organization, industrial company or specifically SME, non-profit making body or support organization (NGO) or international organization.
The call for International Reintegration Grants is a continuous call with ‘cut-off dates’, the first deadline is 3 April 2008.
To read more about the experiences of the Turkish researchers in diaspora and the problems in front of encouraging the career development of researchers in Turkey, you may look at Bilgi Cagi Magazine: