The Coordinator of MERIT, the Central Bohemian Innovation Center (hereinafter SIC by its acronym in Czech: Středočeské inovační centrum) is an open and customer-oriented innovation agency that supports entrepreneurs in fulfilling their ambitions and expanding their companies. It develops the innovation ecosystem of the region and it is entrusted with the implementation of the Regional Innovation Strategy of the Central Bohemia Region (RIS3). SIC's mission is to help connect research institutions and ideas with businesses in order to bring state-of-the-art innovations and solutions to local and global challenges.
SIC was awarded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – COFUND to co-fund a postdoctoral fellowship programme based on the principles of international mobility, intersectorality, interdisciplinarity, and intersectionality/ diversity.
The aim of the fellowships is to cultivate talent, helping the researchers to reach maturity and preparing the next scientific leaders to tackle global challenges imperative at regional, national and international level. In particular, MERIT fellowship will support researchers to:
The MERIT consortium is formed by 15 Research Organisations that will hire the fellows and 36 Associated partners that will offer secondments for 2 to 9 months.
List of recruiting research organisations:
The fellows will be able to carry out their research projects in progressive research organisations while exploring technologies with the biggest potential for the future. All Implementing partners have proven exceptional research results at the national, European, and global levels, some examples:
By joining their teams, fellows will be able to build their own international networks for future career opportunities.