The sixth call for IACOBUS, the exchange program in the northern Galicia region of Galicia, is launched Monday and since it started in 2014, it has approved 639 projects, with a total funding of 700 thousand euros.
The announcement was made today by the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation – Galicia and Northern Portugal (GNP – EGTC), managing entity of IACOBUS, which underlines in a statement the “great success” of the program in the university world of the Euroregion.
The five previous editions had a total of 1200 candidates, “of which 639 research projects from all areas of knowledge were selected, with a total funding of around 700,000 Euro.”
With an endowment of € 185,000, the sixth call ‘IACOBUS – Research Stays’ was extended to the participation of technology centers in the context of the Euroregion, considering that their inclusion is “an excellent tool to foster cooperation and promote the joint development of research and innovation projects between Higher Education Institutions and Technology Centers “.
Its inclusion also allows to enlarge the field of mobility for research stays, explains the organization, which reveals that there are 22, 10 of the North of Portugal, the technology centres that will integrate this call that will be open until November 22.
Among the universities and polytechnics that make up the sixth convocation, eight are Portuguese and only three are from Galicia.
Funded by the INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal program (POCTEP) 2014-2020, the IACOBUS program received in its 5th edition in the 2017/2018 academic year 295 applications, of which 135, 65 from Northern Portugal were selected.
Another of the novelties is the launch of the first edition of IACOBUS – Scientific Publications (Papers), whose call will be open from October 29 until December 7, 2018.
According to the managing body, IACOBUS – Scientific Publications “has as main objective to foster cross-border cooperation in research and scientific dissemination activities, through economic aids to the publication of scientific articles and research in some of the journals indexed in the current Journal Citation Report JCR) from Clarivate Analytics, and SCOPUS, to the Humanities “areas.
These articles have to be developed in cross-border partnerships, by authors belonging to the Higher Education Institutions of the Euroregion Galicia – Northern Portugal that participate in IACOBUS.
The total budget of this call is 50 thousand euros.
The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation – Galicia and Northern Portugal (GNP – EGTC) will hold several technical sessions to present and clarify the new initiatives within the scope of the 6th IACOBUS call for proposals, in Galicia and in the North of Portugal.
The first of which will be held on Monday at the Rectory of the University of Porto at 11:00.
The session also takes place on November 13 at UTAD – the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.
The sessions will be attended by EGTC officials, representatives of the CEER Foundation, and also with the presence of candidates from previous convocations, who will testify to the experience of participating in IACOBUS.