ONISILOS is a five-year, €3.678 million programme co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme 2014-2020 and more specifically under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (Grant Agreement No 10103440) and the University of Cyprus.

The key objective of ONISILOS is to enhance research excellence by extending the traditional academic research training setting and exposing postdoctoral researchers to alternate research practices and complementary resources, through the multidisciplinary and cross- sectoral character of the fellowship projects and the secondments.

The project aims to transform the previous postdoctoral fellowships programme at UCY into a world-class funding scheme for postdoctoral researchers (ERs). ONISILOS will support 50 ERs to carry out groundbreaking research in multidisciplinary focus areas. Post-docs will be encouraged to conduct research projects in collaboration with international partners, industry, and other sectors. Moreover, the project will also provide training and professional development opportunities for ERs.

The main objectives of the ONISILOS programme are to revive and transform the previous post-doc fellowships programme of UCY into an international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary funding scheme for Experienced Researchers; to enhance high quality research at UCY and more broadly in Cyprus; to create the conditions through which international and intersectoral mobility of researchers will be secured and offer innovative training through research and transferrable skills training to the fellows involved. The programme aims to attract the future generation of top researchers in Cyprus by offering an attractive remuneration package, combine science with cross-sectoral experience to develop an entrepreneurial culture within the research community.