Mind the Byte is one of the partners in the NOAH research program, slated to receive €2 million in funding over the next four years to develop therapies within the area of functional molecular conrtainers, encapsulation processes and their applications, to end up with a PhD degree. Coordinated by Prof. Pablo Ballester, ICREA researcher at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), NOAH is one of the projects that have been selected from the applications submitted from around Europe in the latest call launched by the Horizon 2020 ITN - ETN programme.
The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) are part of the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions, which bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers? career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. The key in the NOAH project is the high-quality framework for ten Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) to develop their research career and acquire their PhD degree, which seeks to decode and control how cells transfer and detect mechanical forces.
The NOAH ESRs will cover the knowledge ranging from the experimental organic and inorganic synthesis to computational chemistry. Photo- and electro-chemistry, MS/gas-phase chemistry, X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy techniques will be also included in the scientific formation and development of the recruited ESRs. The trainees will also receive education in complementary and transferable skills through attendance to local and network-wide dedicated training seminars (e.g. dissemination, communication, organization, governance, and ethics).
In addition to ICIQ and Mind the Byte, the consortium comprises the Universite de Neuchatel, the Freie Universitaet Berlin, the University of Sheffield, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, the Institute of Organich Chemistry (Polish Academy of Sciences), and the Universite of Strasbourg and Covestro.