Europe seems to have (finally) noticed that in order to be the ‘leading part of the world based on science’ or how their slogan goes, it’d be worthwhile to give some funding to the sciences. The European Young Investigator Awards (EURYI-awards) are put forth:
“The aim of EURYI Awards will be to enable and encourage outstanding young researchers from all over the world, to work in a European environment for the benefit of the development of European science and the building up of the next generation of leading European researchers.
In Europe, regional, national and international institutions, as well as private foundations, have become aware that we all have to take action to foster the new generation of scientists to strengthen European and national R&D and to build the European Research Area. The aim must be for Europe to be able to attract the best scientists in the world, with no restrictions as to origin or nationality
25 awards of an amount up to 250k€/year, will be offered for as long as five year projects in a European laboratory in any discipline of science, including humanities. The awardees will create their own team, manage it themselves in a European research center of their choice. The quality of the project as well as the host center will be taken into account; neither nationality, nor age will. However these awards are meant to attract young scientists and the only rule will be that they should be between 2 and 10 years after the PhD.”
This sounds almost good. As scientific career in the USA is becoming less and less attractive recently – and I suppose I am not alone here – the lack of other reasonably funded choices might at least slow down some part of scientific research. Fact remains that a significant portion of modern sophisticated science (perhaps excluding humanistic studies, which, fortunately, are also included in this program) is expensive in terms of instruments and materials. Also, even though some mad scientists like me are still around who’d do the research even if they had to pay for it themselves – let’s be honest. Who’d want to study over a decade at university living on canned tuna, working days and nights and having no social life – just to be able to earn just about the same what would be acheved by working the same years in a cleaning company and collecting age-bonuses…. not to mention the lack of all social benefits under the currend trend of working external grant funding – no health insurance, no accumulating years for the retirement, no maternity-money – in all respects, we are unemployed, except for the unemployment office and the requirement for working.
*sigh* It’d be so nice to have – at least at some stage in my life – a steady income, high enough that a sudden few hundred euros spent for a dentists would not result in several months lasting tightening up of the budget.
Fortunately, Brain Sciences are so pop and hip and cool that some funding should be available still when I emerge finally (around year 2007) from the Studytube (Opintoputki) of highschool, M.Sc., Ph.D, post-doctoral studies… So mediasexy that Paul Allen, the Other founder of Microsoft, has jump-started the Allen Institute of Brain Science in Seattle.
It remains to be seen whether the usage of brain will still be possible without the Windows Media Player.