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Travel grants for early career researchers

General description
The European Partnership PIANOFORTE, funded by HE EURATOM programme, offers 20,000 € per year for travel awards to junior scientists working in the field of radiation protection research. Support can be given for participation in a conference, in a course or for an exchange visit to a research laboratory.

Who is eligible?
Early career researchers (max 7 years after gaining the PhD), PhD or MSc students working in the broad field of radiation protection research. The support is not paid to BSc students. An eligible person must be affiliated to a university or a research institution within the European Union or an associated country as governed by Article 7 of the HE Regulation.

When should you apply?
Applications may be submitted at any time. However, there are 4 application deadlines per year:

  • 31st March,
  • 30th June,
  • 30th September,
  • 31st December.

After each deadline a maximum sum of 5000€ will be paid out to the top applicants. The maximal level of support per applicant is 1000€.

The support is only granted:
  • To early career researchers who defended their PhD not later than 7 years earlier, to PhD and MSc students working on their theses.
  • For travel outside the country of residence.
  • To cover travel expenses, lodging and conference fees. A budget must be included in an application.
  • Once to a person per year, meaning that a person cannot receive support twice within the same calendar year. An applicant may only submit one application within one application deadline.
  • For a trip that will take place within max 9 months after the application deadline.

An application is made in two steps:
  1. Send an on-line form to be found here and filled in here.
  2. Sending additional documents neccessary for correct evaluation of your application. The documents needed are:
  • A motivation letter and a CV.
  • A signed letter of support from the head of the unit.
  • An abstract if the applicant is applying for a conference travel support. Notice that no support will be given for passive conference attendance.
  • An invitation letter with motivation if the applicant is applying for travel support to carry out an exchange visit.
  • A course programme and letter of acceptance if the applicant is applying for travel support to participate in a course.
  • Detailed budget covering expected costs

The application documents should be sent to Anne von Euler at after submitting the on-line form.

Evaluation procedure
The decision about support will be made within 15 days after the nearest application deadline. The time of application in relation to the deadline has no influence on the evaluation outcome. The applications will be evaluated by the Education and Training Committee (ETC), consisting of the members of task 4.2.

The following evaluation criteria and ranking will be applied:
  • Relevance to radiation protection research: 1 (least) – 10 (most),
  • Scientific quality of the abstract or plan of visit: 1 (least) – 10 (most),
  • Scientific merits of the applicant: 1 (least) – 10 (most).

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on their visit on completion of the activity. Also, they are encouraged to share their experience within the PIANOFORTE community, e.g. on PIANOFORTE website and available social media channels. All publications resulting from the mobility activities shall acknowledge the PIANOFORTE Mobility Programme by using the following sentence:
This work has been partially supported by the PIANOFORTE project that has received funding from the H2020-EURATOM research and innovation program under the 101061037 grant agreement.

Considering the European Green Deal
When planning the travel please consider the possibility of reducing the carbon footprint. Actions to be considered include preferential choice of train transportation and minimizing printing of any paper material.

Travel grants for early career researchers

Nameuniverstiy / InstituteAim of applicationActivity report
Ana VaniquiSCK CEN, BelgiumExchange visit 
Sofie ApersUniversity of Antwerp, BelgiumResearch stay - Trinity College, Dublin 
Milagrosa Lopez RiegoStockholm University, SwedenConference participation ICRPReport PDF
Omar ElsaeedBundesamt für Strahlenschutz, GermanyParticipation in RadoNorm course CELET 
Erica MaremontiCERAD / NMBU, NorwayParticipation in a SINFONIA short courseReport PDF
Jannes TorfsUniversity of Hasselt, BelgiumExchange visit - GIG 
Stephen AhenkorahKatholieke Universiteit Leuven, BelgiumConference participation -iSRS 
Matthijs SevenoisVrije Universiteit Brussel, BelgiumConference participation - TAT 12 
Nathalie HeynickxUniversity of Ghent / SCK CEN, BelgiumParticipation in 2nd IWRMR conferenceReport PDF
Zuzana KocibalovaStockholm University, SwedenConference participation - IRRS 
Dan BaakenIMBEI, GermanyConference participation - ISoRED 
Margot VanheukelomSCK CEN, BelgiumConference participation - ENVIRA 
Martin HjellströmSahlgrenska University Hospital, SwedenConference participation - ConRad 
Nona MovsisyanCENS, ArmeniaConference participation - RAP 
Prabodha Kumar MeherStockholm University, SwedenConference participation - ICRR 
years of work
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