Valorisation of human capital, career development, knowledge transfer, as well as international and intersectoral mobility represent the main crosscutting priorities of OGS. Complying with the most recent EU strategies and exploiting different funding schemes and international programmes, the Institute can host foreign researchers and fellows.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions: The objective of the MSCA is to support the career development and training of researchers – with a focus on innovation skills – in all scientific disciplines through worldwide and cross-sector mobility. For this, the MSCA provide grants at all stages of researchers' careers, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers, and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. Link to official page. Types of MSCA:
Research networks (ITN): support for Innovative Training Networks
Individual fellowships (IF): support for experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries, optionally to the non-academic sector
International and inter-sectoral cooperation through the Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE)
Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes that finance fellowships involving mobility to or from another country
Erasmus+: the programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to previuos LLP programme, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas. Erasmus+ supports transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. Link to official page and link to Italian National Contact Point.
EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion: is a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it. Link to official page.
Science without borders: mobility program for Brazilian students and researchers to undertake research in the best and most relevant Universities around the World. The main goal of the program is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility.The initiative is a large scale nationwide scholarship programme primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government. The programme seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. It is planned to support the mobility of 101,000 Brazilian students over the duration of the initiative from 2012-2016. The programme is a joint effort of the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) through their respective funding agencies - CAPES and CNPq. The main goal of the program is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility. In order to succeed on this ambitious program, the government of Brazil relies not only on the interest and expertise of native students and researchers, but also on existing and promising collaborations between local and foreign institutions of excellence. The strategy envisioned aims to (a) increase the presence of students, scientists and industry personnel from Brazil in international institutions of excellence, (b) encourage young talents and highly qualified researchers from abroad to work with local investigators in joint projects, contributing to the formation of human resources and promoting the return of Brazilian scientists working overseas, and (c) induce the internationalization of universities and research centers in Brazil by encouraging the establishment of international partnerships and a meaningful review of their internal procedures in order to make the interaction with foreign partners feasible. Link to official page.
EU Research Infrastructures
OGS manages important infrastructures/laboratories of its own property and it’s fully aware that, both within the EU and Italy, it is fundamental to actively intervene in the field of research infrastructures, including the e-infrastructures. Research infrastructures boost cooperation and the multidisciplinary character, the mobility of people and ideas, they gather the best European and world scientists and strengthen scientific education. The European Union and Italy retain essential to take effective actions in the field of research infrastructures. Horizon 2020 will promote the exchange of ideas and perspectives by acting an integrated approach with strong emphasis on Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures, in order to make Europe a more attractive place for the best researchers in the world. Research infrastructures are, in fact, essential for European competitiveness across the entire spectrum of scientific fields and form the basis of scientific innovation. In many sectors, research is impossible without access to supercomputers, to databases, to observatories in the Earth sciences, to the broadband networks to transfer data, etc. Research infrastructures are, therefore, essential to carry out the necessary research to address the major societal challenges, such as energy, climate change, bio and health. These facilities encourage the collaboration and cross-border disciplines, enhancing the mobility of people and of ideas; they bring together the best scientists from Europe and the whole world and strengthen science education. They funnel the excellence in community research and innovation and can provide exceptional scientific showcases for the society.
OGS is particularly active in the following research infrastructures, part of the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures):
- EuroARGO (Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure;
- PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe;
- ECCSEL (European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory)-NatLab Italy;
- Euro fleets/OGS Explora.