Brussels in brief: updates on EU activities in education and research
June 21, 2012
The European Commission is holding a public consultation on the future rules concerning the entry and residence of non-EU national researchers and students. Meanwhile the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute, which was officially launched this month, has published a call for proposals for its EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS).
New EC public consultation
The European Commission has published a public consultation on the future rules relating to the entry and residence of non-EU national researchers, students, school pupils, unremunerated trainees and volunteers in the EU. The aim of the consultation is to collect opinions from a variety of stakeholders (including higher education institutions) with a view to the revision of the students and researchers Directives (which is foreseen in the 2012 Commission Work Programme).
More information is available here. The deadline for replies is 23 August 2012.
The EIB Institute and new call for proposals
Earlier this month, the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed the official launch of the EIB Institute. Building on the work of the EIB, the Institute looks to be a “catalyst for social, cultural, educational and research activities pursuing economic and social development in the European Union”. It manages three strategic programmes: the Knowledge Programme (through which the Institute channels most of its institutional relations with universities); the Social Programme; and the Arts Programme.
The Institute has published a call for proposals for its EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS) which provides grants to university research centres working on research topics and themes of major interest to the Bank. EIB sponsorships, of up to 100 000 Euros per year for a period of three years, are awarded through a “competitive process to interested university departments or research centres associated with universities in EU, candidate or potential candidate countries, with recognised expertise in EIB-selected areas, so that they can expand their activities in these areas”.
The deadline for proposals is 14 September 2012. More information is available here.