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The first Guido Berlucchi Foundation young researchers Mobility Programme aims to support oncologic research by facilitating young researchers training, competence acquisition and development, dissemination activities and knowledge transfer in the field of experimental and translational research .

Applications can be submitted from 10th May 2016 until 9th July 2016 at 12:00am (Central European Time). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

In the present call, the Guido Berlucchi Foundation will support a maximum of four mobility grants. Additional grants could be available at the discretion of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation.

The Guido Berlucchi Foundation Young Researchers Mobility Programme is open to PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree, including medical school speciality) students and fellows awarded their first PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) up to 2 years prior to the ending date of the call for proposal. No extensions will be considered.

Applicants, of any nationality, must be 35 years old or younger by the time of the application deadline.
PhD students must be registered to a PhD Programme and implementing their PhD thesis in an Italian public or private Organisation.
The already PhD awarded fellows must work in an Italian public or private Organisation.

Only inter-country mobilities are allowed. Inter-sectorial/disciplinary mobilities are recommended.

The project to be implemented during the mobility should be related to one or more priority areas identified by the Technical Scientific Committee of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation.

Priority areas:

  • molecular biology
  • cell biology 
  • innovative cellular models
  • -OMICS approaches
  • pre-clinical research  
  • clinical trial
  • development of an experimental part of a research project
  • use of facilities/instruments not available at the sending organisation
  • acquisition of a new technique/skills development
  • development of clinical research activities as part of a research project
  • development of a translational research activity as part of a research project
  • grant/paper writing
  • preparation of materials for dissemination/communication activities

Rules for mobility
The mobility period must range from a  minimum of one month to a maximum of seven months.

Mobilities can begin five months after the deadline of the call and must be completed within the next twelve months (from 10th December 2016 to 9th December 2017).

On the first day of mobility, the Hosting Organisation has to confirm the Applicant’s arrival and the duration of his/her stay, by email to

On the last day of mobility, the Hosting Organisation has to confirm the Applicant’s departure by email to

Within fifteen calendar days from the end of his/her visit, the Applicant has to send the duly filled Mobility Report by email to The Mobility Report template can be downloaded from: [Report Template_MobilityProgramme].

The successful Applicant will receive a prepayment equivalent to the 60% of the mobility grant from the Guido Berlucchi Foundation a month before the mobility starting date. The balance payment of the due mobility grant will be made after the Technical Scientific Committee of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation has approved the Mobility Report. If the Mobility Report is not provided or approved, the Applicant will not receive any further reimbursement.

Funding rules
During the mobility period, the successful Applicant will continue to perceive his/her fellowship/grant/salary by his/her Sending Organisation, i.e.  the Guido Berlucchi Foundation does not cover any fellowship or salary or part of it.

The  Guido Berlucchi Foundation mobility grant supports travel costs and living allowance. The total grant awarded will depend on the Country of the Hosting Organization, the distance from the Applicant’s Sending Organisation to the Hosting Organisation and the number of days of the visit. The maximum total grant allowed is 7.000 euro per mobility.

Travel costs
They are calculated based on a return economy class air, train or bus ticket (APEX or similar). The travel allowance is calculated to cover a single return trip to and from the Hosting to the Sending Organisation. The Applicant should arrange with the Guido Berlucchi Foundation for the Foundation direct payment of the travel tickets.

Living Allowance
The living allowance is to cover normal living and incidentals expenses (food, daily travel to and from work, etc). The contribution is based on unit costs expressed in person-day. The unit cost is defined as 40 euro/day.

Costs not granted.
- Costs pertaining to administrative procedures, such as passports and visas, medical coverage, insurance of any kind, removals, bank charges and family travel are at the expense of the successful Applicant. Successful Applicants will not be privileged to any tax exemptions on the grant received.
- Laboratory costs and bench fees are not granted. These costs are covered by the Hosting Organisation.

Application procedure
Applicants should submit their Application by email to before the deadline.

In order to be considered eligible, Applications must be composed of:
- Application Form [Application Form_MobilityProgramme], duly filled in all its parts;
- Applicant’s CV, preferably in Europass format;
- Sending Organisation’s endorsement letter [SendingOrgEndorsement_MobilityProgramme], signed by both the sending supervisor and chief Administrator, attesting that the applicant is employed/registered by the Sending Organisation during the mobility period;
- Hosting Organisation’s acceptance letter [HostingOrgAcceptance_MobilityProgramme] signed by both the hosting supervisor and the legal representative, indicating the Hosting Organisation’s willingness to accept the Applicant, if successful and to cover the eventual laboratory costs and bench fees.

Evaluation procedure
Applications will be subjected to an administrative eligibility check. They will then be evaluated by two members of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Guido Berlucchi Foundation, plus an eventual external referee chosen on the basis of the topic of the mobility project.
Applications will be selected accordingly to the set evaluation criteria [Evaluation Criteria_Mobility].

If you have any queries regarding the call or the application process, and you can not find the answer in our FAQ section [FAQ_calls 2016] please contact the Guido Berlucchi Foundation at . In your email indicate also the phone number where you could be reached during Italian working hours (9:00 to 18:00). You will receive a written answer within three working days.