This programme may be just right for you.
Under 'Horizon 2020', the European Union's Research and Innovation Programme, a new funding will support 90 SMEs or start-ups hire a researcher as the brain who will bring their brilliant idea to life.
The 'Horizon 2020 SME Innovation Associate' (INNOSUP-02-2016) has been created to facilitate the matchmaking between talented researchers and European SMEs to support turning an innovative idea into a research or innovation project, for one year.
The programme will assist researchers in:
Researchers from all over the world who met the following criteria:
The recruitment phase will start in March 2017 and positions in September 2017.
Once the European Commission has selected the SMEs with the most innovative ideas and best recruitment plans, job vacancies will be published on EURAXESS the European Job Platform for Researchers, and other international or globally accessible web-based resources from 1st March 2017 to 30 April 2017.
Interviews will take place in May-June 2017 and your new job will start in September 2017 for an initial period of 12 months.
The application is simple and paperless:
SMEs will be able to test the attractiveness of both their ideas and vacancy notice in advance (i.e. before submitting their proposal for this pilot action) by publishing their call for manifestation of interest on EURAXESS.
During this period you will be able to express your interest and give feedback on the call for manifestation of interest. In doing so you will:
During the testing phase (optional phase I), SMEs can decide whether they want to make the vacancy conditional on the award of an EU grant (see the conditional vacancies here)
By making the offer non-conditional on the EU financial support, SMEs can keep the opportunity of recruiting experts as soon as they are available/identifies without having to wait for 1st September 2017 (the official starting date of the positions supported by the European Union).
Advantage: Without conditionality the job will be immediately available.
Disadvantage: The recruiting of the candidate outside this EU funding schemes will prevent researchers from participating in the core training programme organised by the European Union.