IDEAL TEMPUS Project Update

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IDEAL TEMPUS Project Update

Under the EU Tempus Project IDEAL and the patronage of the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), held on February 20-21, 2014, a training workshop entitled: “Research Funding and Grant Writing”. Dr. Bassem Kaissi , Dr. Samer Nakhle , and Dr. Manal chebbo represented MUBS in this workshop which was the second of its series and aimed at providing participants with information about the processes involved in proposal writing, budgeting and proposals submission with a focus on European funding programs. The target audience for the two days training was Lebanese researchers, faculty members and research administrators.

 

The training was delivered by IDEAL project partners from Technological Educational Institution of Thessaly (Greece), University of Alicante (Spain), FH JOANNEUM (Austria), Staffordshire University (UK) and AUB. Around eighty academics and research administrators from nine Lebanese Universities which included: AUB, Lebanese University, Lebanese American University, University of St. Joseph, Modern University for Business and Science, Lebanese International University, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Beirut Arab University and University of Balamand attended the workshop. In addition, the workshop was attended by the coordinator of the National Tempus Office, and a number of non-governmental organizations such as the American Educational Institute (AEI), the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, the Institute for University Cooperation as well as the Lebanese Industrial Research Achievement Program.

 

The overall evaluation of the training was described as valuable, interesting and led to a high degree of understanding of the pre-proposal preparation, writing proposals, budget preparation and proposal review process and a better understanding of the European Commission funding schemes. The training was sponsored under the IDEAL project coordinated by OGC at AUB. The three-year IDEAL project (October 2012-2015) aims to develop systems capable of supporting and promoting relevant research at Lebanese universities and create networks to transfer innovation from academia to industry in Lebanon.

 

Two more trainings are planned in the next two years to further build capacity in offices of research support, such as: grant and financial administration, technology transfer and generation of innovation and commercialization. 

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