Call for proposals

Call for Doctoral Network projects

This year, 2023, the International Group of PREDA MATEX aims to submit a Doctoral Network project.

MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie) Doctoral Networks (formerly "Innovative training Networks" in Horizon 2020) implement doctoral training programs based on partnerships established by European and international universities, research institutes and research infrastructures, companies (including SMEs) and other socio-economic players.

Within the framework of these partnerships/networks, young researchers will be recruited to provide them with European research training and transferable skills that will enhance their potential for innovation and employability (e.g. entrepreneurship, commercialization of results, IP management, etc.).

In 2023, ARD MATEX's International Group aims to submit a standard Doctoral Network project. The aim of this project is to train 10 PhD students who will divide their working time between different partners on a European scale. These PhD students will then be in a position to respond to tomorrow's socio-economic issues, by tackling societal and scientific challenges, and will also have the ability to engage in dialogue with non-scientists.

We propose to bring together strength and expertise in various fields of materials under extreme conditions by developing efficient and sustainable multifunctional processes that meet the needs of innovation while respecting the challenges of sustainable development. In this endeavor, the MATEX network and some partners from the European University ATHENA (University of Orléans) will be crucial assets to address these challenges. MATEX will serve as the original "tool" that brings together the expertise of our 9 laboratories, a nearly unique instrumental park, and the support of some of our industrial partners...

The CNRS is designated as the carrier/coordinator of this project and will represent the MATEX laboratories for France.

At this stage of the project, around fifteen partners, spread across about ten countries, are interested in the project and will be categorized into two statuses:

  • The beneficiaries, who hire the doctoral students, award the degree, and sign the consortium agreements.
  • The associated partners, who are companies or other European academic partners that can host doctoral students for a few months, participate in the cross-cutting training component, or contribute specific expertise to the doctoral students.

The themes and actions of the project are currently under consideration, and the submission is planned for November 27, 2023, with the assistance of the CMER and the Studium. The European evaluation will be based on 50% project quality, 30% impact, and 20% consortium quality and organization, with an average success rate around 12% in recent years.

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