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Six new Marie Curie Individual fellowships on board at Politecnico di Torino

19 February 2020

Politecnico di Torino consolidates its successful participation to Marie Curie calls for proposals, which represents the Horizon 2020 programme with the highest number of projects funded: a total of  44 projects for €13 million euros of funding.

The European Commission has recently communicated to winners the results of the Horizon 2020 call dedicated to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Individual Fellowships 2019 (H2020-MSCA-IF-2019) which awarded Politecnico 6 Individual Fellowships for a total funding of 1 million euros. From 2014 to date, the proposals approved in this call have tripled.

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships are individual research projects that aim to support research and career development of researchers by supporting their international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

The Politecnico submitted 22 proposals and obtained funding for six projects lasting between 24 and 36 months, which will fund the transnational mobility of promising researchers. In addition, five other projects submitted by the University will receive the Seal of Excellence, a quality label awarded by the European Commission to those projects judged to deserve funding but not fundable due to EU programme budget limits.

The research topics awarded deal with the following areas of investigation: management and valorisation of cultural heritage, sustainable development in the aeronautical industry, development of systems to support the processing of genetic data, development of biomaterials for medical use, intelligent systems for vision in the field of transport and the study of urban transformation between China and Africa. These are the projects that will be developed at Politecnico di Torino:

  • AVATAR (Application of Virtual Anastylosis Techniques for Architectural Research) which will bring to the Politecnico Miguel Ángel Maté González from the University of Salamanca.
  • BRAVO (Establishing Blend Repair limit of blisks –from A perspective of Vibration amplificatiOn) with which the researcher Biao Zhou will arrive at the Politecnico from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • GNRECC (Gene network rewiring by an engineered CRIPSR-Cas12a variant) which will allow Cosimo Campa to return to Politecnico di Torino after several years of research at the ETH Zurich.
  • MAGIC (Development of antibacterial MetAllic Glass mICrofibers) which will allow Elham Sharifikolouei to continue the research begun during her doctorate in Germany at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.
  • PERIOD (Pursuing Efficient Reliability of Object Detection for automotive and aerospace applications) that will bring back to Italy Paolo Rech from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
  • SURGE (Sinofinancialization and urban change in Addis Ababa and Nairobi: an ethnography of private Chinese capital in African cities) which will allow Andrea Pollio of the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning of Politecnico di Torino to start a significant collaboration with the African Centre for Cities (ACC) for 36 months.

This success acknowledges Politecnico di Torino commitment to attract talented researchers, both Italian and international, supporting them in participating in competitive European calls for proposals and acting to create a favourable environment for research activities and fund raising.

The next call H2020-MSCA-IF will open on April 8th, 2020 and Politecnico di Torino is ready to support interested researchers through the dedicated Infoday, scheduled in Turin on April 29th, 2020.