QuantOCancer ERA Chair @ Champalimaud Foundation

Knowledge Exchange / Travel Fund for Researchers

Aim: Widening exposure of CF early-stage researchers (e.g. students, research technicians, junior postdocs). Exchange of knowledge, building of intersectoral and international networks, benefits shared with the wider CR community. Funded time outside of the academic bubble! 

Possible methods: Secondments (short periods of time away from CCU, working with a different company/institute as host) AND/OR intersectoral or international training courses and workshops with significant networking opportunities. Assessed on a case by case basis against core project aims. 


  • 2-week trip to visit an internationally acclaimed institute or company in North America, Asia, wider Europe etc
  • 2-week trip for an international visitor to come to CCU and teach a technique. 
  • 2-week trip to participate in a hands-on workshop run by an international and/or intersectoral expert/institute in which you are able to make new contacts whilst learning a new skill (Note: attendance at a scientific meeting is not eligible; tuition is not eligible; time in which the researcher is exposed to and integrated into another working environment is preferable). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: All secondments must abide by your funder's rules regarding periods of absence from CF and activities conducted. 

The Rules

  • Applicant can be from any research unit at Champalimaud Research or conducting clinical research at CF. 
  • Applicant must demonstrate how project links to multiple QuantoCancer core aims: knowledge exchange, quantitative biomedicine, spillover/benefits to the entire community, bridging of research programmes (physiology and cancer, experimental clinical research, neuroscience) and/or to clinical research practice.
  • Grantee must produce a short follow-up report. 
  • Grantee must use project funding acknowledgement and logo in any subsequent research outputs (presentations, posters, publications). “This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 810653”. You can find a range of prepared logos for use in different contexts in the toolkit.
  • Institutional travel directive rules apply. CF NIF: PT507131827. All must be agreed in advance of any purchase. 


  • Intersectoral (non-academic host).
  • Worldwide (ideally outside of Europe). If within Europe, ideally intersectoral. 
  • Projects requiring travel, accommodation and subsistence funding over course fees (we will usually fund a two-week travel period). 
  • Researchers without other access to funds for travel/training (e.g. not ITNs or those with high-end fellowships with significant travel funding already included).
  • Researchers (PhD students or junior Postdoctoral Researchers) from labs/units which have not already benefited from this fund.
  • Members of underrepresented groups in STEM worldwide (ethic minority individuals, women).
  • MD-PhD students (enrolled in programme through QuantOCancer. 

NOTE: This does not mean that academic or Europe-based activities or those with additional funding cannot be funded through QuantOCancer, but they will not be prioritised. 

How to Apply

  • Permanently open call.
  • Applications invited directly from researchers using the Application Form.
  • The selection committee reviews responses every 1-2 months so please apply in good time. 
  • Next review of applications: December 12th 2022. 

Once approved, check out the ESR Knowledge Exchange Toolkit 


Q: Can this cover inbound visits e.g. internships? 

  • Salary - NO
  • International travel and accommodation for short periods - YES 
  • Day-to-day local trips to CCU - NO

Q: Can this cover tuition fees? 

  • NO, as “tuition fees” usually imply CF paying another standard academic entity for a high-cost and longer-term activity. This fund is aiming to expose researchers to different kinds of international and intersectoral environments and is set up to cover mainly Travel, Accommodation and Subsistence for short periods away from CF with in-kind training and informal tuition. Where this is not possible, we may be able to cover lower-cost training fees, if they are a minor part of the secondment. 

Q: Can this cover training course fees? 

  • YES, if clear link to QuantOCancer core aims: knowledge exchange, quantitative biomedicine, bridging of research programmes, spillover technical/training benefits to the community etc and where candidates are selected through a competitive process. 

Still have Qs? 

Contact quantocancerfund.user.group@research.fchampalimaud.org

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