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Marie Curie Actions: a European support for researcher's mobility

Clarisse Faria-Fortecoëf

Whether you are young or experienced Researcher, Marie Curie European research grants offer you the opportunity to gain experience abroad in the private sector.

The Marie Curie program aims to fund research activities involving both public and private sectors, and to develop training opportunities and work experience for researchers throughout their careers, regardless of nationality or field of research. The actions include both individual fellowships and funding for collaborative public-private partnerships (Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways – IAPP) or relating to the training of young researchers (Initial Tranining Networks – ITN).

Two categories of researchers are considered:
  • Early Stage Researcher: Less than 4 years of research experience, and without a doctoral degree;
  • Experienced Researcher: In possession of a doctoral degree or at least 4 years of research experience.
Addressing the above second category, three calls for individual fellowships are currently open:
  • Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF): a grant allowing a Researcher to move within Europe to pursue his/her research project;
  • International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF): a support for those willing to receive a research training in a host institution in a third country (outside Europe);
  • International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) – a grant for Researchers based in third countries (non-European) willing to receive a research training in a host institution based in Europe.
Deadline for applications: August 14, 2013. 

On the website of the European Commission, you will find practical information on each of the Marie Curie actions including guidance on how to apply for funding, information on progress of calls for proposals, evaluation and funding decisions. The site also provides important information for grant holders on how to manage a Marie Curie project, as well as answers to questions frequently encountered.