INDUCT: interdisciplinary network for dementia utilising current technology (WC2016-017)


Starting date: 01/09/2016


The INDUCT (Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilising Current Technology) project, is an European project funded through H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks, 2015. INDUCT is aimed at developing a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial educational research framework for Europe to improve technology and care for people with dementia, and to provide the evidence to show how technology can improve the lives of people with dementia.

Partnership: Within INDUCT, a unique collaborative partnership comprises 7 world leading research organisations, the World Health Organisation, and IDES an SME for technology, research and care, with 8 partners who include Alzheimer Europe, the leading non-academic sector organisation representing people with dementia and carers within Europe, Alzheimer’s Disease International, the global voice on dementia representing an international federation of Alzheimer’s associations, the World OT Federation, two other major universities and 3 other SMEs. The academic and non-academic partners within INDUCT will be closely involved with INTERDEM, a well-established, interdisciplinary European collaborative research network of 130 leading academics and researchers in 20 European countries with an aim to improve early detection and timely psychosocial intervention in dementia.

Research goal: The overarching research goal of the INDUCT project is to improve of the usability of technology in dementia care by evaluating its effectiveness and implementation issues. A total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hosted across the network and will work in research, a network-wide training program, public engagement activities and collaboration with network partners through short-term secondments in European industrial/academic partner laboratories.

Research training: The unique ability of INDUCT will provide exceptional research training including relevant cross-national and cross-sectorial secondments and help to bridge the gaps between science, business, health and social care across Europe where different companies, sectors, cultures and languages have resulted in a patchwork of approaches to technology without a coherent model. The advanced multidisciplinary scientific expertise and the complementary partnerships with industry, the health care and social sectors, plus user representative organisations will enable INDUCT to develop and empower future leaders in technology and dementia care research and enterprise. The experience of participating in innovative, excellent and vibrant interdisciplinary research groups, transnational mobility, and in-depth research training and secondments will maximise the ESRs future prospects.

Expected benefits: INDUCT will drive Europe to lead the world in research and research training in dementia care and technology offering the greatest opportunity to be translated and disseminated into the real world where people with dementia live and are supported in their local communities.

Requirements for ESRs: ESRs are required to travel to another country from where they currently live. They cannot have lived in that country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. ESRs are fully funded with good provision for training, travel and relocation. ESRs cannot already hold a PhD and must be withing the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career.

VUmc will host two ESRs, VU one ESR, see also here and the page with links

Candidates can apply from now on until 25 April 2016. They may apply to as many posts as they wish and a final decision will be made on the Central Interview Event (CIE) in May in London.

Further information is available on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions website.