Candidates to the Catalyst Europe 2021 program may be currently working in full time activities. Catalyst Europe is specifically designed to enroll participants on a half-time basis because this allows participants to maintain (partially) the job and relationship with their current employer during the program, although they may reduce the dedication. Employers typically are universities, research centers and hospitals or other healthcare service providers. It may be companies as well.
The ultimate mission of Catalyst Europe is to optimize the translational potential of biomedical research. We expect program participants (Fellows) to be determined to execute the research they plan during the program. If this eventually happens, the fact that the Fellows are affiliated to a research group or hospital facilitates the creation of the consortium that would potentially execute the actual research project (by potentially including those organizations in the research consortium).
Fellows bring value to their current organizations through their participation in Catalyst Europe by:
If the Candidate currently has a full time activity, and his/her organization is open to:
Then, the organization can be considered Fellow Sponsor by Catalyst Europe program.
In addition to the benefits stated in the previous point, a Fellow Sponsor will have the right to:
Please, request to be considered a Fellow Sponsor in the Letter of Support that the candidate will attach to the application form.
Fellows are expected to dedicate an average of 15 hours/week to the regular weekly activities of the program, including sessions, personal work and teamwork – personal and team work in a flexible schedule format. For the Clinical Immersion and Intensifications, Fellows are expected to work full time.
Fellows are expected to attend the following activities:
* If the COVID-19 pandemic situation does not allow in-person meetings, these activities will be converted to an online format.
If the candidate has a full-time job (or is currently committed to a full-time activity) and is willing to reduce their current activity dedication (temporarily, during the program), the candidate will be required to present a “Letter of Support” signed from their current supervisor. Please find here the template. The candidate must upload the Letter of Support in the Application Form.
Candidates have the option to apply for a stipend. More information in the Terms & Conditions.
The organizations providing the stipend are Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and University of Debrecen. If the candidate is currently employed by one of these organizations the funds will be allocated to their department to facilitate that they maintain their current salary. So in this case, their supervisor would only have to ensure to free the candidate’s time so they can participate in the program.
Due to EIT Health requirements, Catalyst Europe organizers formalize an enrollment agreement directly with the participant, not with their organization.
Learn more about Catalyst Europe 2020 in https://www.catalysteurope.eu/.