International Project Office
The aim of CRS4 is to become a key player on the international research scene. In order to help CRS4 researchers compete in participating and getting funding on an international scale (EU FP7 calls for proposals and US Agency applications), in 2007 the management of CRS4 established a Project Office with the following tasks:
- Interacting with EU Research Directorates responsible for Framework Programmes and with US Agencies (mainly NIH); participating in concertation meetings for updating work programmes;
- Informing researchers of upcoming calls for proposals and rules for participation;
- Assisting researchers in the proposal/project planning process through professional project management; provide templates and budget sheets relative to calls and applications;
- Preparing periodic reports of ongoing projects and submitted proposals;
- Assisting in setting up joint collaboration activities (national and international) based on the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and related legal issues.
- Organising Summer Schools and similar events.
In 2011 said office and the Istituto di Ricerca Genetica e Biomedica (CNR-IRGB) jointly organized the first Summer School on Next Generation Sequencing and Genome Wide Association Studies held at Polaris from 5 to 9 September 2011. The aim of the Summer School in Genomics was to cover state-of-the-art theory and practice of the approaches to the identification of the genetic bases of human diseases emphasizing the unique advantages of the Sardinian founder population.
The Summer School was attended by 60 participants from 11 countries and made possible thanks to generous funding received from the Regional Government of Sardinia - Department for Planning, Budget, Credit and Territorial Planning.
Following the enthusiastic response from attendees as well as from the lecturers involved, the funding authority has given positive feedback on the funding of future editions of the Summer School.
Therefore, this branch of activities will be further developed in the future, with a view to strengthening the internationally-driven research activities of the Centre, laying the foundations for potential collaborations with new research groups and institutions, consistently with the mission of this Office.
The staff has a long-standing track record and proven domain specific knowledge, both in EU funded projects as in applications for funding from US agencies, as well as in organizing high-profile international events.