All Instruct supported training courses should adhere to the following guidelines:
Instruct training courses that have been approved by the Training Committee and are supported by central Instruct funding should:
- Include the word Instruct in the title
- Promote an integrated approach of structural biology techniques
- Be implemented according to agreed standards set by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), Education and Training body funded by the European Union. Instruct is a partner in the IMI project EMTRAIN, and as such has agreed to work within their quality criteria for training courses. http://www.emtrain.eu/
- Be uploaded by the organisers onto the Instruct website and the On Course website http://www.on-course.eu/ which provides the first Europe-wide post-graduate bio-medical course catalogue.
The criteria for Instruct courses are:
- Defined admission criteria: courses should be advertised openly on the Instruct website and on other websites to attract a broad uptake. Where admission is limited, these limits should be made clear on or before application. Evaluation of applicants should respect the principles of offering equal opportunities with regard to gender, disability or ethnicity.
- Predefined set of teaching objectives leading to defined outcomes: Course content should be tailored to the academic level of applicants with realistic expected outcomes (e.g. independent implementation of software at applicant’s home lab; basic understanding of new technologies applicable to specific experimental scenarios; independent planning for an integrated approach). The objectives of the course should be clearly described in the call for applications.
- Excellent facilities, infrastructure, expertise and leadership to support the course content. These parameters will be evaluated by the Instruct Training Committee in their evaluation of the proposal: the Committee expects these standards to be delivered.
- Assessment of outcome and standard of training offered: a system to collect feedback from attendees should be in place and a report to the Training Committee should summarise this information and any suggestions for improvement.
- Provision of updated reference material: where appropriate, updated information following the course should be made available to course participants, either via the Instruct website or other electronic means.
- Focus on integrative structural biology
All courses supported with Instruct funds will have a page or a link on the Instruct website.
Courses should have a webpage with the following relevant information (this can be on the Instruct website – contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or on your institutional website. If the latter, a link for the Instruct website must be provided):
- details of registration
- fees (if appropriate) including bursary or other fee waiver opportunities
- venue (including map)
- travel and accommodation arrangements (especially local travel information; trains, buses, taxis with indication of approximate costs)
- social events (group dinner)
- acknowledgement of Instruct funding, including the logo (go to http://www.structuralbiology.eu/background/press/press-office)
Call Submission Guidelines
Instruct Course Application Template
Please submit a 2 page (max) proposal including the following details:
Title of the course (it should include the word Instruct)
Venue and host Instruct Centre
Aims of the course and expected impact for young researchers
Opportunity for participants to work (at least partly) with their own samples Proposed dates (or interval during which the course may be held)
Outline course content (indicate lecture/practical content as applicable)
Number of participants anticipated
List of confirmed course tutors
Detailed budget (venue, catering, staff costs/fees, accommodation costs for participants and speakers)
The training courses should be scheduled within the period indicated
in the call. Instruct contributes to fund general course expenses and
support the participation of young researchers. The courses will be open
to investigators at all levels. Proposed courses and workshops should
be hosted by, and specifically utilising the capabilities of Instruct
Centres. Courses co-organized with industrial partners are encouraged.
Course proposals should adhere as far as possible with the criteria defined by EMTRAIN
(an EU Innovative Medicines Initiative project, of which Instruct is a
member). EMTRAIN is establishing a comprehensive online searchable
of training courses that support European life sciences, both for
academic and commercial scientists. Instruct has agreed to work with
on-course in adopting their criteria of course quality to allow
inclusion of our training courses in the database where appropriate. The
criteria are set out below:
- Defined and transparent admission criteria.
- A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes.
appropriate and up to date facilities, infrastructure, leadership and
competencies available for the support of student learning.
- Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered.
system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners,
teachers, technical/administrative staff and programme/course/module
- Availability of appropriate and updated reference material
Requested from Instruct
Other funding sources (please specify)
Administration (staff costs/fees)
accommodation costs for participants and speakers