The Pays de la Loire region (French West coast) opened the application phase for its “Connect Talent” project. This program allows international researchers or research teams to come and settle in a lab in the region in order to develop, for 3 to 5 years, a scientific or technological innovation that has a positive impact on the region’s territory.

The Pays de la Loire region will cover a part of the expenses for the project, which must be led by one or some researchers with an international recognition (quality and dynamics in terms of scientific production, number of citations, distinctions, international openness, scope of existing industrial relations, etc.)

The winning project must be able to accelerate innovation in an existing dynamic in the region, notably in the fields of production technologies, healthcare, the sea, plants, food, as well as cross-cutting topics in digital technologies, electronics and the human and social sciences.

The goal of the Connect Talent program is to foster innovation as well as to allow one or many scientists to settle down in the Pays de la Loire region.

Submitted applications will be evaluated with three criteria:

  • quality and ambition in science, technology and innovation; stakes of the research ;
  • impact of the project;
  • feasibility.

Deadline for application: October 1, 2018

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