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Title: Marie Curie Fellowships in FP7

Marie Curie Fellowshipsin FP7
  • Carole Glynn
  • Director, FRENZ

Jargon overview
  • FP7
  • The European Commissions main instrument to
    facilitate collaborative research in (mainly)
    science and technology. Almost 60 billion euros
    from 2007-1013.
  • People programme
  • One of the four main components of FP7
    (Cooperation Ideas Capacities People). Aims to
    build Europes human resources for research
    through trans-national mobility.
  • Programme broken into
  • Initial training of researchers
  • Life-long training
  • Industry academic partnerships
  • International dimension
  • Marie Curie
  • Branding of fellowships since 2002.

What research areas are allowed?
  • Any area of research
  • Bottom-up approach
  • Not restricted to Cooperation themes
  • Should meet objectives of EC funded research
    under the EC Treaty
  • Increase competitiveness of European industry
  • Support EU policy implementation
  • But consider the evaluation panels

The evaluation panels
  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Social and Human Sciences (SOC)
  • Economic Sciences (ECO)
  • Information science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Environmental and Geo-Sciences (ENV)
  • Life Sciences (LIF)
  • Mathematics (MAT)
  • Physics (PHY)

Some of the country terms
  • When I say EUROPE, I mean
  • EU Member States
  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech
    Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
    Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
    Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands,
    Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
    Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
  • Associated Countries (AC)
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway (subject to
    amendment procedure of EEA agreement)
  • Switzerland, Israel (subject to satisfactory
    conclusion of bilateral S/T agreements)
  • Turkey, Croatia, Serbia and FYROM (subject to
    satisfactory completion of the decision-making
    procedure associating these countries via a
    Memorandum of Understanding)

When I say NZ, I mean Third countries The
rest of the world
Eligibility definitions
  • EU/AS National
  • Third country national
  • Equivalent to EU/AS national
  • carried out normal activities in MS/AS for 3 of
    last 4 years
  • Not applicable to outgoing international
  • Dual nationality
  • Cannot have resided in host organisation country
    in the last 5 years
  • Trans-national mobility
  • Cannot have lived in the host organisation
    country for more than 12 months in the last 3

Why focus on IOF and IIF?
  • Return to NZ
  • Not constrained by NZ funding system
  • Helps build collaborations
  • Not a monumental effort
  • Pretty good rates of return
  • Good introduction to FP7

Possible host organisations
  • Research organisations
  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Large companies
  • Small companies
  • Non-government organisations
  • Other non-profit or charitable organisations
  • International European interest organisations
    (e.g. CERN, EMBL, etc)
  • ECs Joint Research Centre

International Incoming Fellowships
  • To attract the worlds best researchers to Europe
  • Open only to third country researchers (e.g. NZ)
  • Big focus Knowledge transfer
  • Develop research collaborations
  • 1-2 years in a Member or Associated State
  • Possible 1 year return phase (but not to NZ!)
  • Salary, mobility allowance, travel costs
  • Research costs, management and overhead

International Outgoing Fellowships
  • To send Europes researchers to work with the
    worlds best
  • Open only to European researchers (no
  • Big focus Career development
  • Reinforce international dimension of research
  • Training and knowledge acquisition
  • 1-2 years in a third country (e.g. NZ)
  • 1 year mandatory return to Europe
  • Salary, mobility allowance, travel costs
  • Research costs, management and overhead

How long are these fellowships?
  • 1-2 years outgoing phase
  • To Europe IIF
  • To NZ OIF
  • 1 year return phase
  • Possible to ICPC IIF
  • Mandatory OIF
  • Full-time
  • May be possible to split stays
  • Low and lower middle income countries of the
    world are classed as ICPCs International
    cooperation partner countries.

What activities are involved?
  • Research project
  • realistic and well-defined objective
  • career advancement, resuming a research career
    after a break, developing research competence
  • Training activities
  • Training-through-research under supervision
  • Hands-on training to develop scientific and
    complementary skills
  • Inter-sectoral or interdisciplinary transfer of
  • Collaboration building
  • Scientific and financial management skills
  • Developing organisational skills
  • Personal Career Development Plan
  • Best training programme to meet researchers
  • Assess progress

How are they funded?
  • Salary, mobility and travel allowances to fellow
  • Research costs, management fee and overhead to
  • Based on fixed rates (as per the current People

Researcher Salaries
  • Living allowance (reference, cost of living index

Correction factor for cost of living to be
applied New Zealand 89
For the researcher
  • Living allowance (salary)
  • Mobility allowance
  • 500/month if solo researcher
  • 800/month for researcher with a family
  • Travel allowance
  • Flat rate city-city
  • 250-2500 euros/year depending on distance

Or the host(s)
  • Research costs
  • 500 euros/month for non-lab based activity
  • 800 euros/month for lab based activity
  • Management 3 of total cost
  • Overheads 10 of total cost

What do the hosts get out of it?
  • Access to an excellent researcher
  • Exchange of knowledge
  • Building a collaboration
  • Possible 2 year real-life interview

What do the fellows get out of it?
  • Access to an excellent research organisation
  • Exchange of knowledge
  • New skills/expertise
  • Transferable skills
  • Building a collaboration
  • An international research career

Proposal preparation
  • Part A
  • Set of forms for administrative information about
    the proposal and the applicants
  • Part B
  • Free-text description of the research project
  • Series of headings and explanatory notes based on
    the evaluation criteria, as described in the
    Guide for Applicants
  • The working language is English

Obvious tips for Part B
  • Follow the suggested format exactly
  • Leave nothing to the imagination
  • Show that you have a clear plan and vision
  • Respect the recommended lengths
  • Give equal time to all the sections
  • Read the evaluation criteria

  • ONLY electronic submission
  • Will be made available at least four weeks before
    the call deadline
  • Allows online preparation and submission
  • Password access for co-ordinator (and others)
  • Special service for referees
  • separate password
  • can be submitted before the proposal itself
  • notice send to co-ordinator
  • Automatic acknowledgement of receipt

Scoring - IIF
Overall threshold of 70
Scoring - OIF
Overall threshold of 70
Can I be an evaluator?
  • Register as an expert / evaluator
  • http//
  • Meet the EC project officer
  • Meet potential collaborators
  • See whats going on in Europe
  • Get to know the process
  • List of experts / evaluators used in FP6
  • http//

Whats involved?
  • 450 euros per day, plus TS
  • Ex gratia payment/honorarium
  • Can be paid to your institution
  • Contract between EC and expert
  • Maximum 10 days/year (could be 2-3 trips)
  • Brussels or Luxembourg
  • Workload varies 10 fellowships, 2 NoEs

FP6 Fellowship opportunities
  • Vacancies in FP6 host projects
  • Post graduate
  • Post doctoral
  • Experienced researchers
  • 30 of researcher months to non-EU
  • Salary, research costs and travel covered
  • http//

Results and next deadline
  • IIF (24 million Euros budget)
  • 570 proposals submitted, around 23 to be funded
  • With NZ 6 submitted, 5 to be funded.
  • IOF (24 million Euros budget)
  • 340 proposals submitted, around 30 to be funded
  • With NZ 7 submitted, 2 to be funded.
  • Next deadline 19 August 2008
  • Same level of budget

Further information
Carole Glynn, FRENZ Facilitating Research
co-operation between Europe and New Zealand
  • ?
  • ? 07 345 4700
  • ? 07 345 4702
  • ? http//

Interruptions to the project
  • Project suspension
  • Need to inform the EC
  • Can identify split stays at proposal stage
  • If unforeseen, requires agreement from EC
  • Wont object to legal maternity/parental leave
  • Otherwise must justify the request
  • Grant agreement is automatically extended by an
    equal period
  • Maternity/parental leave
  • Host organisations can request additional funds
  • Wont be more salary to fellow than normal
  • Stays away from host institution
  • Project should take place at host institution
  • Can spend up to 30 of time away from host, where
  • Write it into proposal
  • Advance permission from EC (unless lt10 days, 10)
  • If stay needs to be more than 30, write it into
    the proposal