The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL / KU Leuven – www.kuleuven.be), being the 6th European university in the 2008 Leiden bibliometric ranking, participates in over 540 FP7 projects, ranking sixth in the league of HES institutions participating. KU Leuven takes up the 8th place of European institutions hosting ERC grants. To date, the 69 ERC Grantees in its midst confirm that KU Leuven is a breeding ground (49 Starting Grants) and attractive destination for the world’s best researchers. The success in the FP7 Marie Curie Actions is a manifestation of the three pillars of KU Leuven: research, education and service to society. In its 136 Actions (http://www.kuleuven.be/eu/projects/fp7/people/index.html), of which 53 Initial Training Networks, hundreds of young researchers have been trained through research and have acquired the necessary skills to transfer their knowledge into the world outside academia. KU Leuven has 41255 students and a staff of 9848, with 14 faculties covering all disciplines in humanities, life sciences, physical sciences & engineering and offering 171 master programmes. Applied research is supported by the well-experienced KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD), one of the most renowned technology transfer offices in Europe.
The VIPER Fellows will get their technical supervision and training in the KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group which currently counts 74 researchers and is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department, a vibrant environment of close to 250 researchers (www.mech.kuleuven.be). Doctoral training is provided in the framework of the Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School (https://set.kuleuven.be/phd). To assist Fellows in matters of work permits, visas, living, mobility, housing, …, KU Leuven has the International Admissions Office (an Official Marie Curie mobility centre recognized by the Flemish government) with dedicated Personnel Officers which offers new colleagues HR, Recruitment and Career Management support – www.kuleuven.be/welcome). For support in administration and finances an EU team (www.kuleuven.be/eu/contact) with 14 full-time employed experts to support with legal/financial/administrative/HR/… matters which in their turn can turn to a team of >50 people (including lawyers, accountants, IPR experts, …) for assistance (http://lrd.kuleuven.be/en/index). Finally, the above agencies together set up a dedicated Marie Curie Fellow welcome package with information on city registration, heath care, bank finances, taxation, pension rights, mutuality, insurances, child allowances, public transport, housing, holidays, travelling to Leuven, International Contact Club, Pangaea multi-socio-and-culture, etc., to assist Marie Curie Fellows to fully integrate in their new environment as fast as possible.