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Call for participation in the FRIENZ STUDY GROUP TOUR on health – by 31st March 2014

12.03.2014 14:27

The FRIENZ project provides funding to assist selected European Union delegates to participate in a Study Group tour through New Zealand for approximately 7 days beginning 9 June 2014. The task of the delegation is to promote opportunities for collaboration in research and innovation between New Zealand and Europe, to strengthen existing and to stimulate new collaboration with New Zealand research organisations and innovation partners.

The overall interdisciplinary theme of the tour is personalised healthcare including, but not limited to:

  • personalised or targeted interventions,
  • ICT particularly electronic information technology and the use of big data sets in studying health outcomes.

Participants are expected to establish on-going relationships and collaboration with their New Zealand counterparts in the theme area. These relationships will make an important contribution to a reciprocal tour of New Zealand research and innovation partners to Europe planned for later in 2014.

Potential tour destinations:

Applicants should outline in their proposal the organisations they would anticipate visiting, if selected to participate. Depending on the selected participants, visits may be facilitated, as appropriate, to other tertiary institutes and organisations in the New Zealand health research and innovation sector including District Health Boards.

Representatives from the European Union research and innovation sectors can apply for travel and accommodation support to the value of EUR4200 to participate in this FRIENZ study group tour. The travel policy, in line with European Commission, requires the prudent use of public funds. This precludes premium economy or business class travel. Where travellers would like to book (or upgrade) their tickets, the FREINZ project may reimburse the traveller to the value of an economy airfare. The FRIENZ Project Officer, Michelle Wickens will assist with booking your travel arrangements.

Assessing Applications to select Participants:

Applications to attend will be considered by a Selection Panel in order to ensure a mix of disciplines. Assessment will be based on the specific criteria outlined below:

  • The research expertise of the applicant in the area specified in this Call for Participation (personalised healthcare), and
  • The experience of the applicant in establishing and sustaining research partnerships to support collaborative programme(s) of work.

Please fill out the application form and email to Michelle Wickens (, Project Officer FRIENZ before noon 31st March 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 14 April 2014.

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