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20 June 2019Madrid

DEUSTO nominated by the Ministry as success story within the COFUND programme

The University of Deusto has been appointed by the European Office of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities to share its success and good practices within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme, funded by the European Commission.

This is the third time that Deusto representatives are invited to the Ministry for a presentation. The first one took place in June 2016, right after the signing of the contract with the European Commission of the first COFUND project of the University of Deusto, the DIRS-COFUND. Within this project, 16 international early stage researchers have been recruited by DEUSTO research teams and are achieving social impact by developing excellent research. In that occasion, Osane Uriarte, research advisor at the International Research Project Office, shared with future applicants the procedure of drafting and submitting a proposal. In March 2019, Osane presented the lessons learnt, as well as the best practices identified during the project implementation. The work and involvement of the University around this project has led to the achievement of the second COFUND project for the University of Deusto. The 6i-DIRS project, that will start in October and run for five years, will offer 19 highly competitive fellowships of 36 month duration, through 2 calls.

DEUSTO is the only university in Spain, and one of the four institutions in Europe, that will be running two COFUND Projects within the European Horizon 2020 programme. Due to this exceptional circumstance, the Ministry invited Toñi Caro, Head of the International Research Project Office, to share the experience within this programme with other potential applicants for the next calls. Toñi presented the vision, research strategy and work process followed by the University within the COFUND programme and what has led to the achievement of these two projects. 35 excellent early stage researchers will be attracted to DEUSTO thanks to the DIRS-COFUND and the 6i-DIRS projects.

For further information on the COFUND projects run by the University of Deusto, please consult this page.

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DIRS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skolodwska-Curie grant agreement Nº665959.

6i-DIRS project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skolodwska-Curie grant agreement Nº847624.