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HOMIN: “Host Microbe Interactions in Health and Disease: Interface with the Immune System” is an Initial Training Network (ITN) Program funded by the European Union Marie Curie Actions.
The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (Grant FP7/2007-2013) research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 317057

Five academic and private sector institutions based in three European countries (France, Spain, Italy) participate in this project. In addition collaboration with an array of European academic and private associated partners was established during life time of the project.


HOMIN was designed as an advanced education and research program meant to train junior investigators possessing medical and/or scientific educational backgrounds to become future leading scientists in academic institutions, private companies, or administration.

HOMIN successfully trained ten early-stage researchers providing them with scientific and complementary skills education within a multidisciplinary, international and intersectorial (academic-private) environment. Now all ten students are finishing their PhD diploma and will become in next months independent researchers and pursue their carrier in academic and private research sectors.  

HOMIN Objectives were successfully achieved. All ten students participating in the program have obtained:

1. Scientific education through the study of host-microbe interactions, particularly focusing on immune responses and vaccine development. Students have worked on cutting-edge scientific projects on subjects in which the HOMIN partners are renown international leaders.

2. an exceptional nurturing environment through an academic-private sector laboratory network composed of academic partners and companies of different sizes and activities. This collaborative scientific environmentallowed to our junior investigators to appreciate research in both the academic and the private sector, and create their connections at the European level. It also gave them numerous opportunities for scientific communication and networking at the European and International levels.

3. an array of complementary trainings on scientific, as well as transferable skills, aimed at developing the young researchers’ creativity, curiosity, adaptability, auto-evaluation capacity, feeling for innovation and discovery applications, capacities for team work, for preparing own scientific proposals and for communicating on science to different audiences.

HOMIN’s goal to promote the development of the conscious identity of young scientists preparing them for a broad professional career spectrum was successfully achieved.