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    IBRO-APRC Call for Proposals: 2017 Asia-Pacific Neuroscience Schools

    Dear IBRO-APRC/FAONS member societies and other Asia-Pacific neuroscience organizations,

    The IBRO Asia Pacific Regional Committee (IBRO-APRC) invites proposals for IBRO-APRC Schools, Associate Schools and Advanced Schools in 2017 from IBRO-APRC and Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS) members as well as other Asia-Pacific neuroscience organizations. Please see below for descriptions of each school category.

    Up to $40,000 USD will be allocated to each IBRO School and IBRO Advanced School on the condition that organizers can provide matching funds from local sources with which they can manage the school smoothly. In the case of Associate Schools, up to $20,000 USD is allocated and providing matching local funding is not a requirement.

    Please encourage scientists in your socieites to submit proposals. All proposals will be evaluated by IBRO-APRC and then a selection of the top proposals will be incoporated into the regional budget plan prepared by the Committee to be considered by IBRO leadership in the fall of 2016. We therefore cannot guarantee final approval of the proposals at this stage.

    The application format is flexible, but it should be concise (within 2 pages). The proposals must be received by the IBRO-APRC Chair at keiji@riken.jp by 30 June 2016.

    Sincerely yours,

    Keiji Tanaka
    IBRO-APRC Chair
    email: keiji@riken.jp

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    PRINCIPLES OF IBRO-APRC SCHOOLS, ADVANCED SCHOOLS & ASSOCIATE SCHOOLS

    Our structured 3-tier programs provide different learning platforms for young neuroscientists at different stages of their career.

    • The organizer should support students with round-trip tickets to the school site, accommodation and meals during the school.
    • Applications are submitted online and the selection of students are made by IBRO-APRC based on recommendations made by the local organizers.
    • Each School, Advanced School and Associate School may take students from non-APRC countries (up to 1/3 of the total student population) as far as it can manage the school and maintain the program requirements (i.e. full support of students' trips).

    I. ASSOCIATE SCHOOLS

    • Each Associate School accommodates 20–40 students, who are mostly domestic (but may include some international students from other APRC countries).
    • A schedule of no fewer than 5 days is expected.
    • Each consists of lectures, group discussion (with computer search for relevant articles). Experimental components are not mandatory.
    • Students are MBBS, MSc and PhD students. 

    II. SCHOOLS

    • Each School accommodates around 20-30 students for lectures, tutorials and laboratory projects. At least half of the students should be international. 
    • A schedule of 2 weeks is expected.
    • Students are senior PhD students and postdocs who have had adequate exposure to at least one research technique during their graduate studies. Applicants are expected to have at least one publication.
    • Students will have hands-on experience in well-defined laboratory projects. Students are expected to acquire knowledge of both theoretical and technological advances in key areas of neuroscience research. They make presentations at the end.

    III. ADVANCED SCHOOLS

    • Each Advanced School accommodates around 10 students. At least half of the students should be international.
    • A schedule of 10 days or longer is expected.
    • Small student-teacher ratio catering to in-depth interaction.
    • The host laboratory (or laboratories) should have the most advanced technologies, which have been demonstrated by publications.
    • Lectures, seminars and problem-based learning on the design of research projects. Laboratory works should be emphasized. Students make presentations at the end.
    • To provide additional intellectual exposure to senior postdocs and junior faculty who have good research training and good publication records.