European Doctoral Training Support in Micro/Nano-electronics.
This project is submitted to support and ensure continuation of the EURO-DOTS initiative, that was launched as a Support Action in response to the FP7-Call 5 and that has successfully realized all the objectives resulting in the installation of a virtual platform to serve the Doctoral Schools in Europe in micro/nano-electronics. When the present 2-year EURO-DOTS project ends on 30 April 2012, it will not only have a fully operational platform and system in place, but it will also have realized the build-up of a course portfolio of nearly 50 PhD course titles, offered and organized by universities all over Europe. The major objective of EURO-DOTS was to improve the offering and quality of training provided to European PhD students in the micro/nano-electronics area based on the comprehensive analysis of university offering and industrial needs. One week intensive courses help them fulfilling the requirements for ECTS credits imposed by European universities for obtaining the PhD degree in Engineering. Essential in this endeavor are the scholarships that PhD students can apply for. This boosts the mobility of students but most importantly, it allows them to attend the right course at the right place, where the expertise on the treated subject is guaranteed.The major objective of this EURO-DOTS-2 follow-up project with a 2 year duration, is to ensure the continuation and continuity of the present successful action. This implies maintaining and improving operation of the platform, managing course portfolio and planning, stimulating development and submission of new courses in response to the needs of industry and researchers, managing and attributing of scholarships for PhD students and promotion of platform service and course offering. The present partnership, installed committees and organization will be basically retained. This continuity can be realized with a limited but indispensable budget of which half will be used for the scholarships.