RadoNorm Calls

Call for courses:

Fifth Series 2024

Download the template HERE

1. General description

  • Under Task 7.4 of the WP7 of RadoNorm, there will be annual calls for proposals to host short training courses.
  • The calls will be open to RadoNorm Partners. The purpose of the training courses is to provide Education and Training covering all aspects of the scientific research areas relevant to RadoNorm in order to develop expertise in the field.
  • The courses are primarily directed towards PhD students and early career researchers participating in RadoNorm but are also open to researchers from outside the project and to “citizen scientists” involved in WP6 of RadoNorm.
  • The courses may be based completely on the financial support provided by RadoNorm or include a participation fee.
  • Proposals will be assessed by the Education and Training Committee (ETC) consisting of the 8 WP leaders of RadoNorm on the basis of:
    • Relevance and value of the topic and coverage to the aims of RadoNorm
    • Quality of course content and expected learning outcomes
    • Expertise of the host institution
    • Practicality of the course arrangements
  • If the number of proposals exceeds the number that can be funded an objective points system (giving equal weight to the above categories) will be used to prioritise the applications.
  • If a proposal does not meet any particular criterion, and funding is available, the ETC may negotiate amendments and possible modifications.


2. Series 5 short-term training courses: invitation for proposals

  • Applications are invited for financial support to organise and teach a short course of duration from one to two weeks to be delivered between October 2024 and August 2025. The scheduling of the successful courses will be decided following the decision on the proposals (to be agreed between the course organisers and pending any COVID restrictions).
  • The proposed course may be either focused intensively on a single topic (of particular importance for RadoNorm) or more comprehensive (for the purpose of extending the range of student research skills and promoting cross-discipline collaboration).  The length of the course should be justified by the content and purpose.
  • Teaching and training should be at the level of a Master of Science course or PhD training programme. The course (sub-module) could consist of lectures, tutorials and practicals and should be typically designed for between 12 and 20 students.
  • If possible European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits should be awarded to participants on successful completion of the course.  However, this is not mandatory.
  • The possibility of holding the course via the internet should be highlighted.
  • Applications must be made using the template annexed to this document. Please make sure you use the most recent version of the template.

Timetable and submission of applications

The date for submitting application will be announced every year. The proposal should be made by completing the enclosed proposal form including annexes I-II, following the instructions given on the template, and submitted to radonorm@bfs.de by the deadline. All applicants will receive a receipt as acknowledgment of their application.

Invitation Deadline for submissions ETC decision*
01/08/2024 30/09/2024 15/10/2025

*This date may be subject to change if correspondence is required.



3. Financial details

Financial support from RadoNorm will be available for personnel (additional PM of the beneficiary and/or honoraria and expenses of lecturers), use of facilities and consumables, travel and accommodation of external lecturers, and may offer reimbursement for travel and provision of accommodation for participants.

The funding will be on the following basis:

  • Actual eligible costs, as per application template;
  • Total budget will be funded at a rate of 100% to a maximum of €6,000 EC contribution per week when there is no laboratory work; to a maximum of €10,000 EC contribution per week when the course includes laboratory work (as costed by the applicant);
  • should there be a justified need for additional funding beyond the proposed maxima, this will be reviewed by the ETC.
  • additional funding (own resources) beyond the maximum EC contribution by the course organiser is welcome[1]
  • Maximum of €150,000 EC contribution is available for this course series.
  • Affordable costs for accommodation can be included in the course budget but means of transport (flights, trains, etc.) are not eligible costs.

This distribution will be used as a reference, but the ETC decision is not confined to follow these amounts strictly but will reserve the right to adjust the sums according to the proposals. The applying project beneficiaries must fill in and attach to their proposal the budget templates (Annex I to the proposal form). Budgets may only include new costs (costs not already budgeted by this or some other beneficiary). If a common proposal with several beneficiaries is prepared, separate budgets for each beneficiary that will have costs are required. The budgets cannot be overlapping with each other if a common proposal is concerned.

RadoNorm course participants are highly encouraged to make use of the RadoNorm Travel Grants and RadoNorm Research Stay Travel Grants.


4. Reporting

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on the course (including the feedback of the participants – see Annex I for an exemplary template) within 1 month after the course end. Also, they are encouraged to share their experience on RadoNorm website and available social media channels. To this end please contact radonorm@bfs.de.


5. Considering the European Green Deal

When planning the course please consider the possibility of reducing the carbon footprint. Actions to be considered include planning distant teaching to reduce travel, preferential choice of train transportation and minimising printing of paper material.


Annex I

[1] Applicants must observe Art. 5.3.3 GA and take this article into account when calculating their course costs

2024 RadoNorm courses
29th to 9th February 2024 Qualitative Research Methods on the societal aspects of Radon and NORM: a hands-on experience SCK CEN & MERIENCE Programme
8th to 11th April 2024 Career Management and Perspectives in Radon and NORM BfS & SURO
15th to 26th April 2024 Interdisciplinary Radiation Research on Radon BfS Programme
15th to 26th April 2024 Naturally occurring radioactive material - characterisation, inventory of related exposure situations and monitoring principles - stationary course GIG (Poland) Programme
13th to 15th May 2024 Synergy Workshop on Translational and Clinical Oncology applied to Environmental & Occupational Cancer: Focus on Radon. FCRB - IDIBAPS
11th to 22th November 2024 Cellular effects of high and low LET ionising radiation – Introduction to radiation biology Stockholm University (Sweden)
2023 RadoNorm courses
25th to 28th April 2023 Transdisciplinary communication in Radon and NORM BfS (Germany) & Stockholm University (Sweden)
8th to 19th May 2023 Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material – characterisation, inventory of related exposures situations and monitoring principles – stationary course GIG (Poland)
4th to 15th September 2023 NORM impact assessment toolkit: from microorganisms to human cells University of Aveiro & University of Porto (Portugal)
13th – 24th November 2023 Cellular effects of high and low LET ionising radiation – Introduction to radiation biology Stockholm University (Sweden)
2022 RadoNorm courses
17th-28th October 2022 Application of Liquid Scintillation Spectrimetry (LSC) for NORM measurements GIG (Poland)
28th March to 8th April 2022 – online Naturally occuring radionuclides - when and why ist presence is considered in terms of radiation protection – the two weeks training course GIG (Poland)
19th to 30th September, 2022 - online NORM impact assessment toolkit: from microorganisms to human cells Aveiro University / Porto University (Portugal)
14.11 - 25.11.2022 Cellular effects of high and low LET ionising radiation – Introduction to radiation biology Stockholm University (Sweden)
2021 RadoNorm courses
12 April 2021 – 23 April 2021 Naturally occurring radionuclides in work and natural environment – establishing the problem definition, finding sources and exposure assessment GIG (Poland)
26 April 2021 – 30 April 2021 The art of public opinion survey analysis: Surveying the public on Radon and Norm Uni Antwerpen SCK-CEN Belgium
30 Aug 2021 – 10 Sept 2021 NORM impact assessment toolkit: from microorganisms to human cells Aveiro University Porto University (Portugal)
14 June 2021 – 18 June 2021 Interdisciplinary radiation research on radon BfS (Germany)
08 Nov 2021 – 19 Nov 2021 Cellular effects of high and low LET ionising radiation – Introduction to radiation biology Stockholm University