7th Instruct Call for Training Courses_Extension

The Instruct training courses programme aims to increase the skills level of researchers in structural biology through the organisation and support of training courses, workshops and conferences. The programme only supports events planned, organised and implemented by Instruct Centres.

All Instruct supported training courses and events 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 be implemented according to agreed standards set by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), Education and Training body funded by the European Union.

The criteria for Instruct courses are:

1.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.

2.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 aproach). The objectives of the course should be clearly described in the call for applications.

3.Excellent facilities, infrastructure, expertise and leadership to support the course content. These parameters will have been evaluated by the Instruct Training Committee in their evaluation of the proposal: the Committee expects these standards to be delivered.

4.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.

5.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.

All courses supported with Instruct funds will have a page or a link on the Instruct website.

Courses should establish a webpage with the following relevant information (this can be on the Instruct website – contact admin@structuralbiology.eu, 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)
  • program
  • 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

2 page (max) proposal including the following details:

  • Title of the course
  • 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)
  • Lead contact
  • Outline course content (indicate lecture/practical content as applicable)
  • Number of participants anticipated
  • List of confirmed course tutors
  • Detailed budget (please include information in table provided)
  • Cost of registration fee (if applicable). It is expected a reduction of the fee for participants from Instruct members countries (please specify)

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 database (on-course) 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.
  • Adequate, 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.
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical/administrative staff and programme/course/module managers.
  • Availability of appropriate and updated reference material

Workshop budget


Requested from Instruct

Other funding sources (please specify)







Administration (staff costs/fees)



Travel cost



accommodation costs for participants and speakers



Other (specify)






Call Closes:
28-Apr-2017 17:00 CEST

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