PEARL “Programme for Early-stage Researchers in Lille” has been awarded funding by the European Commission following the evaluation of the projects submitted to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie – COFUND – doctoral program call!
In September 2018, the I-SITE ULNE Foundation submitted a project on behalf of its consortium. PEARL is intended to contribute to structuring research in and around Lille, notably by funding 30 international PhD students who will carry out research in line with the subject fields of the Graduate schools currently under construction.
Project PEARL is supported by 34 partners, including the founding members of I-SITE ULNE, 3 prestigious cross-border universities, 9 companies, 5 doctoral training institutions and 2 housing partners*.
The project contributes to the overall research dynamic launched by the I-SITE project and confirms – more than ever – the excellence in higher education (academics & research) present in Lille. By bringing together a large number of participants, this project also aims to strengthen cooperation not only with the private sector, but also with cross-border universities. PEARL will play a role in creating the Euroregional cross-border campus involving I-SITE ULNE, KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Kent.
PEARL was selected as one of 14 funded projects out of 43 proposals submitted across the European Union (4 projects selected in France). PEARL is will be funded by the EU for a 5-year period from 2019 to 2024. The total budget of the PEARL project is 4.8M€, of which 50% comes from the EU grant.
The project will kick off in September 2019 with the publication of a call for thesis project proposals in line with the themes of the Graduate Schools. The selected thesis projects will then be submitted to a call for international candidates who wish to carry out a PhD in Lille.
* Université de Lille, Centrale Lille, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT), Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille (ENSAPL), Sciences Po Lille, IMT Lille Douai, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers – Campus de Lille (ENSAM), CNRS, Inserm, Inria, Institut Pasteur de Lille, CHU de Lille, KU Leuven, Gent Universiteit, University of Kent, Roquette, GIE Eurasanté, Euratechnonlogies, Vekia SAS, BKtel photonics SAS, APTEEUS, GRASP SAS, Neo-Eco, SAS CozyAir, ARIA Technologies SA, CIMEL ELECTRONIQUE, SATT Nord, The conversation France FR, Association Bernard Gregory (ABG), Adoc Talent Management, Obea, CROUS de Lille (Maison internationale des Chercheurs) et Résidence REEFLEX.