European Grant for UTP

A project involving the Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology at UTP Bydgoszcz is among the grantees of the international programme Horyzont 2020, the competition of Maria Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks.

It is the only university project from our region where young scientists will be employed and trained by international and interdisciplinary research teams. The project is carried out within the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which guarantees professional qualifications that are internationally recognised on the job market. “It’s the European grant that is one of the most prestigious and difficult to obtain,” explains Katarzyna Stadnicka, PhD Eng., “I’m sure it will increase the development of international cooperation and boost interest in PhD studies at the Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology among prominent young scientists.”

The aim of the project “MonoGutHealth – Training and research for sustainable solutions to support and sustain gut health and reduce losses in monogastric livestock” carried out by the Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology is to come up with natural and sustainable solutions to implement in animal production (poultry and pig farming), which will contribute to improving gut health, and therefore the welfare of animals, as well as to limiting the application of medical supplies and reducing loss in production.

Within the project, PhD students will cooperate and share experience. They will also receive professional assistance in developing their individual career plans, as well as take part in international trainings, prepared taking into consideration their scientific interests and conducted by all the scientific mentors and research institutions in the project – 29 units from the fields of science and industry, including Agroscope Switzerland, University of Liege, University of Bologna, Rennes School of Business, Kaesler Nutrition GmbH, Vencomatic Group.

This is the first MSCA Innovative Training Networks grant that UTP Bydgoszcz was awarded, and it was given 97% in the assessment by the experts. The project is carried out in cooperation with 6 partners and will include 11 PhD students from different European universities. The funding will amount to 2 923 820 EUR.