Candidates to the Catalyst Europe 2020 program may be currently working in full time work and projects. 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.
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:
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 in person the following activities:
Note: Only for the Debrecen Hub, an additional requirement for the fellows assigned to this Hub is to be able to devote at least an equivalent of two full working days per week on average to be present in person at the Debrecen University (including the day of session), hosted by a relevant lab, department or institute of the university.
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.
Fellows will receive an economic compensation, so they can obtain a partial absence of leave during the program (May 5th to November 13th, 2020). More information in the Terms & Conditions.
As an exception, if Fellows are currently employed by Friedrich-Alexander University, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid or University of Debrecen, the funds will be allocated to their department to facilitate that they maintain their current salary. So in this case, their supervisor only has to ensure to free the Fellow’s time so they can participate in the program.
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/.