EURAXESS will help making a career in European research and innovation more attractive, both for researchers in Europe who are facing career decisions and for those who are currently outside Europe and might consider relocating to Europe to develop their careers here.
The objective of the action is to further intensify the services provided by the EURAXESS Service Centres expand the recently developed mandate of taking care of the career development of mainly young researchers in Europe with particular focus on female Higher Education Institution students and researchers. The newly developed services of the EURAXESS network reach out to mobile and non-mobile researchers with the aim to contribute to the completion of the ERA and the Responsible Research and Innovation field as well to open more career opportunities in the industry. This action will support activities the EURAXESS Service Network represented by Bridgehead organisations to address strategic issues related to the launched widening of the services from mainly mobility-related to services also for non-mobile researchers. The set-up of career development and/or support for dual careers centres shall be expanded over a wider geographical range of the network, support to researchers and young entrepreneurs for start-ups in SME’s and industry and concepts for better integration of researchers into the culture of the host country and to the culture of a business environment, as well as mentoring programmes for researchers.
Other services for researchers shall be proposed: for instance, national EURAXESS website shall provide information on start-up schemes in the respective country and relate to policy information as provided on the European EURAXESS portal about EU research policies for researchers and EU schemes developing more career opportunities. This includes, issues related to ERA and Responsible Research and Innovation. Activities such as the deepening of existing services through trainings, seminars, networking and updating of national EURAXESS portals shall also be part of this action.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of the order of EUR 3.85 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
This action allows for the provision of financial support to third parties in line with the conditions set out in Part K of the General Annexes.
Better take up of career development guidance and the collaboration with start-ups and SME will contribute to innovation in research.
Increased job and funding opportunities on the EURAXESS Jobs portal and personalised assistance to researchers will accelerate the career development of young researchers, in particular female researchers. In the medium term, the action will produce efficiency gains and reduce transaction costs by creating a better match of existing talent and R&I needs and capacity in European research institutions and businesses. It will contribute directly to the Horizon 2020 objective of cross-national and international circulation of researchers; it will increase the number of researchers who have access to research infrastructures through Union support and the number of excellent researchers overall. It will contribute to meeting ERA objectives on gender equality. Over time, the action will contribute directly towards European targets on R&DI intensity and percentage of researchers in the active population, and to boost European research and innovation competitiveness.
By increasing the service level of the whole EURAXESS Services Network the benefit for the research community will be long-lasting and far-reaching