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MUI-START Programme for young scientists

MUI-START is the follow-up programme of the MFI (from its German name Medizinische Forschungsfonds Innsbruck) that ended in 2011.
The MUI-START programme has been devised as a start-up fund for young scientists. Thus the aim of the programme is to offer young scientists the opportunity of developing new project ideas within the MUI research focuses, that could serve as basis for a subsequent successful application for external funding (e. g. FWF, ÖNB).

Applicants must have completed their doctoral studies (e.g. PhD, clinical PhD). Proposals from applicants with an adequate degree (MD) and an excellent record of accomplishment will also be considered.
The MUI-START funding cannot be used to finance clinical-/PhD projects.
The applicant´s most recent degree (e.g. PhD) must have been completed no longer than eight years ago. Fully justified career breaks can be taken into account (e.g. parental leave, national service).
Applicants´ track record must be commensurate with their academic age. However, two (accepted) peer-reviewed international publications as first author are compulsory. 

Up to 24 months

Funding level:
Maximum € 40.000 per project

Three-step evaluation procedure: 1) Selection of proposals by the MUI-START jury, 2) International peer-review of the pre-selected proposals 3) Hearing of the shortlisted applicants by the MUI-START Jury.
Final decisions will be based on the reviewers’ scores as well as on the outcome of the interviews.

Applications must be submitted online (GAR)
Application downloads here
For more information about the programme and how to apply please refer to the current application guidelines here.

Dr. María T. Pérez Mediavilla
Tel.: +43 (0)512/9003-70073



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