This training programme, under the Marie Curie Host Fellowships for Early Stage research Training (EST) is part of the European Initiative for basic research in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (EIMID), created in 2003 by scientists of five European centres of excellence (the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, the Centre for Molecular Microbiology and Infection at the Imperial college in London, the Institut Pasteur in Paris, the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and the vaccine company Novartis in Siena), and is coordinated by the service-providing company Alta S.r.l..
Starting from building a strong coalition among these five institutes, EIMID aims at setting the basis for a future no-wall European Institute of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, as part of the European Research Area (ERA).
The EIMID PhD programme hosts two fellows per institutions per year, with a total of 10 fellows per year for three years (with an overall of 360 months of training). The quality of the training provided by each participating partner as well as the degree provided will be mutually recognised by all partners. The term should run over a period of three years. The participants’ research agenda encompasses microbiology, infectious diseases and immunology. Other disciplines are structural biochemistry, chemistry, developmental biology and neurosciences. They are also served by excellent technical platforms in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, photon and electron microscopy, bioinformatics.