The HIDA Trainee Network is a new exchange programme for all doctoral and post-doctoral students (trainees) who work at a Helmholtz Centre and whose research work has a strong connection to information or data sciences. It enables one to three month research stays at another Helmholtz Centre, financed by HIDA. HIDA thus creates new types of cooperation between Helmholtz researchers and also increases the visibility of the centres. In addition, HIDA promotes the transfer of expertise in the field of Information & Data Science with its trainee network and ensures that methods are also shared between groups from different Helmholtz Centres and Research Fields. Intra-community exchange is consistently promoted via the best brains.
New opportunities for young researchers
At the same time, HIDA offers young scientists the opportunity to apply their knowledge at other centres of the Helmholtz Association and in other research domains, to expand their research portfolio and to position themselves on an interdisciplinary basis. The host Helmholtz Centre will again benefit from fresh ideas and methods from other domains. The programme is aimed at all postdoctoral and doctoral students with a research interest in the information and data sciences. Doctoral students are recommended to have at least twelve months of research experience within their doctoral studies at the time of the exchange. The one- to three-month programme is also aimed at young researchers who are not associated with a Helmholtz Information & Data Science School.
There are basically two funding options: Young scientists who already hold a doctorate receive a research grant to finance the respective research project. Alternatively, Helmholtz-internal postdocs and doctoral candidates can receive funding for travel and material expenses for their research stay (for doctoral candidates, the settlement as travel and material expenses reimbursement is obligatory). The first application round is scheduled to start in Q1 2020. The exchange can take place from summer 2020.