GROW event: Focus on EU

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GROW: EU speakers (L-R): Mr Nishant Shandilya; Professor Jacqueline Lo, Professor Volker Hessel; Professor Vincent Bulone; Professor Rachel Akeny; Ms Karen Burke. 

On Wednesday 26 May 2021, the University of Adelaide held the second GROW event – GROW: EU. 

Global Research Opportunities Workshops provide researchers with an understanding of research landscapes, funding opportunities, and highlight our international collaborations.  



GROW EU panel

Co-delivered by Global Engagement and the Division of Research and Innovation, these workshops are designed to support our world-class researchers in understanding drivers of current and potential international collaborators in key international markets.  Presented as a series of 1-2 hour sessions delivered throughout 2021, each GROW session addresses a particular country or region, featuring representatives from foreign diplomatic missions and organisations, researchers with experience engaging in the region, and professional staff from Research Services and Global Engagement. 


Facilitated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Professor Jacqueline Lo, GROW: EU featured special guest speaker Mr Nishant Shandilya, Regional Coordinator, EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand. Other featured speakers included Professor Volker Hessel, Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences; Professor Rachel Ankeny, Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts; Professor Vincent Bulone, Director Adelaide Glycomics, Research Director Fight Food Waste CRC, Director Research Consort Program for Ag Prod Dev; and Ms Karen Burke, Director - Research Grants, Research Services.


GROW: EU involved discussion on a variety of research-focused topics, including: 

  • What EU funded programs within Horizon Europe are available to Australian researchers
  • How each of our panel members began their collaboration with EU partners and
  • What is involved in applying for an EU funded project as a collaborative partner.


Key takeaways from GROW: EU: 

  • As the University looks to diversify the countries we engage with for research, it is an excellent time to look towards Europe to grow international research collaborative opportunities.
  • Out of the 3 pillars under the Horizon Europe funding system, only pillar 1 does not have any EU nationality requirements. Refer to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund and the European Research Council grants as examples.
  • In order to be successful in the EU system, it is important to build a strong network of collaborators in Europe and to build and gain recognition for your work. Mobility/staff and student visit schemes are often the easiest to apply for
  • There is a common myth that European schemes are too difficult for Australians, however, once you know how to manage the landscape and build institutional experience, which we aspire to, it should be entirely manageable.


If you have any questions resulting from GROW: EU or would like to contact one of the presenters, please contact Global Engagement

View the recording and presentation slides from GROW: EU here.

The next Global Research Opportunities Workshop event is GROW: Germany in August 2021. Further information will be uploaded when available here

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