The Wetsus EMPOWER project, for the recruitment and training of 14 PhD researchers, was selected for European funding this week. Officially called the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) project EMPOWER, it succeeds the current MSCA project WaterSEED.
EMPOWER will start on January 1, 2022, will run for 5 years and comes with an EU funding of €1.7 million. In EMPOWER, extra attention will be given to business training to complement the PhD degree, with the aim to train scientific entrepreneurs that have the skillset to operate between academia, business, the public sector and the general public. According to the evaluators, “the program is expected to significantly enhance the potential and career prospects of Early Stage Researchers by promoting high-quality, innovative, multidisciplinary research in an excellent research environment.”
This second MSCA grant is a testimony of the quality of the Wetsus PhD program as a whole, and of the individuals and partners that are part of the Wetsus research cooperation.