Neuro-Innovation

01.05.2021 - 30.04.2026

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Neuro-Innovation is an EU Horizon2020 MSCA funded four-year doctoral programme that focuses on research and innovation for brain health throughout life. The project coordinators are professor Päivi Eriksson (UEF Business School) and professor Tarja Malm (A I Virtanen Institute).

14 competent and motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be selected in two calls for multi/interdisciplinary doctoral training of which combines neurosciences with management, social, legal, and computer sciences and applied physics.

The programme is co-funded by Horizon 2020 from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action for Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND).

The Neuro-Innovation doctoral programme is a new, globally unique effort to train international experts who are wanted in the European job market and future research leaders in brain health innovation. These experts will learn to solve innovationrelated questions in personalized medicine that focuses on the prediction, prevention and early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases and epilepsy. They will have skills to develop novel treatments and commercialize their research results in the form of new technologies, models, and methods in the European and global markets. Health care is globally faced with a growing burden of major age-associated diseases. Neuro-innovation and impact as well as neuro-ethics are needed to survive these challenges and maintain brain health throughout life. This will be gained by offering world class research-oriented PhD training that combines neurosciences with innovation management, social sciences and law, and computer science and applied physics. In depth substance knowledge and methodology training will be topped up with wellplanned transferable skills curricula providing the graduates with skills needed in changing career paths after their initial researcher training. Other means to achieve training goals include well-planned mobility periods to international research environments of partner universities, meaningful secondments with companies, and frequent exposure to intersectoral activities in training. The Neuro-Innovation doctoral programme will take the researcher training to the next level in terms of research excellence developed within two regional health innovation ecosystems that benefits both parties. The NeuroInnovation programme will create critical mass for a new talent hub for university-industry collaboration. Several measures will be taken to attract female and minority candidates, and applicants from new EU countries and those that do not have strong PhD training in the research filed of this programme.

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01.05.2021 - 30.04.2026

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