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Title: Marie Curie Actions : How to obtain funding for your Research Career

Marie Curie Actions How to obtain funding for
your Research Career
  • Info-Event Sankt Gallen, May 12th 2009

Presentation outline
  • Marie Curie The person behind the Funding
  • Marie Curie in FP7, Objectives and Basic Facts
  • Individual Fellowships What, when, how much
  • Participation of the Private Sector IAPP and ITN
  • Euraxess and other information sources
  • Excellency Grants ERC

Marie Curie A brilliant scientist
Polish-French Chemist and Physicist 1867
1934 Nobel Price in Physics and Chemistry
You have to discover your talent and use it. You
have to find out your strong points. Have the
courage to use your brain. It will double your
confidence and your strength." From a speech to
her students, quoted in Das strahlende Metall,
von Wilhelm Strube, p. 167.
and what the EC made out of her name
  • MC
  • Marie Curie
  • Mobility
  • People
  • Fellowships

Marie Curie in FP7
4.7 Billion Euro
  • http//

Basic features of Marie Curie Actions
  • Any topic (bottom up in EC jargon)
  • Trans-nationality go abroad!
  • No age limit for researchers (but research
  • Actions open to researchers from outside EU and
    associated states

Objectives of Marie Curie Actions
  • Attract researchers to, or retain them in, Europe
  • Achieve recognition of research as a full
  • Encourage mobility and smooth practical aspect
    related to mobility
  • Participation of the private sector

Marie Curie Actions two different schemes
  • Individual
  • driven actions
  • IEF
  • IIF
  • IOF
  • Host-institution driven actions
  • IAPP
  • ITN

with one basic condition Cross the border
National border
Host Institution
Individual Fellowships Who is eligible?
  • Researchers with a PhD or at least 4 years (FTE)
    research experience
  • Typically Postdocs (2nd year)
  • Nationality is only important for International
    Outgoing Fellowship (IOF)
  • MD ? PhD

The Jungle of Acronyms IEF, IIF and IOF
  • IEF Intra-European Fellowship
  • To support experienced researchers at various
    stages of their career to get new skills and/or
    undertake inter-sectoral experiences
  • IIF International Incoming Fellowship
  • To attract top class researchers from outside the
    EU and make them undertake their reserach in
  • IOF International Outgoing Fellowship
  • To reinforce the international dimension of the
    career of European researchers by giving them the
    opportunity to acquire new knowledges outside

Marie Curie Fellowships Overview
Global Success Rate 25 (since the beginning of
Yearly allowance 54 300 mobility allowance,
travel allowance, career exploratory allowance
8400 for the Host Institution
Evaluation Criteria
Swiss Success Rate 2007 25.9
When it comes to money
IEF estimated budget 80 mio total IIF
estimated budget 25 mio total IOF
estimated budget 25 mio total ERG
estimated budget 28 mio total IRG
estimated budget 28 mio total
Next Calls in 2009
IEF, IOF, IIF open on March 18, 2009 close on
August 18, 2009 17.00 Brussels Time Are
re-opening each year
Marie Curie Actions Host-institution driven
  • Individual
  • driven actions
  • IEF
  • IIF
  • IOF
  • ERG
  • IRG
  • Host-institution driven actions
  • IAPP
  • ITN

Industry-academia partnerships (IAPP) an example
What is IAPP? (1/2)
  • IAPP Industry-academia partnerships pathways
  • An IAPP is a project with a minimum of 2
    partners, at least one from business (e.g. a
    company) and one from academia (e.g. a
    university) in different countries
  • The goal of their project in a scientific field
    chosen by the partners is to transfer knowledge
    between themselves by seconding (fixed term
    transfer) of employees
  • Such employees are experienced and go abroad
  • These seconded researchers may be replaced by
    recruiting further experienced researchers (also
    from abroad).

What is IAPP? (2/2)
  • Average European Commission funding is 1M for a
    three to four year project.
  • The project coordination may be undertaken by an
    industry or an academic partner.
  • It is mandatory to send and receive specialists
    between industry and academia
  • High Success Rate 40 in 2007 30 in 2008

IAPP A Swiss Success Story
  • CASOPT (2009-2013)
  • 1.2 mio
  • Coordinator ABB Switzerland
  • Academic Partners
  • University of Cambridge
  • Technische Unversität Graz
  • Technische Universität München
  • The IAPP Projects are a unique chance to broaden
    our scientific horizons and to carry out
    excellent research within our networks. Zoran
    Andjelic, Principal Senior Scientist, ABB
    Switzerland, Coordinator of CASOPT

  • Get prepared NOW!
  • Contact future consortia partner
  • If you have a consortium but would like to
    enlarge it Contact Euresearch for help
  • Contact us
  • Call opening April 24th, deadline July 27th,
    17.00 Brussels time
  • Get the documents http//

Initial training of researchers (example)
What is ITN?
  • Initial training network (ITN)
  • An ITN is based on consortium whose main goal is
    to train researchers (e.g. doctoral students)
  • The consortium typically includes partners from
    both business and academia.
  • A joint training programme is mandatory
  • Average European Commission funding is 3M for a
    four year project.
  • Overall success rate 9 so be the best!

If of Interest Contact me!
Euraxess Switzerland
Euraxess Service Network for Researchers moving
to and from another country
What Marie Curie might have said
  • You never notice what already has been done. You
    only notice whats left to do.
  • Marie Curie in a letter to her Brother, 1894

European Research Council (ERC)
  • Principles of the ERC
  • Support for excellent individual researchers no
  • All fields of science are eligible bottom up
  • Basic science, no applied science
  • 7,510 mio Euro over FP7 every year increasing
  • 100 reimbursement of costs
  • Excellence is the only criterion - Applicants
    need to have an excellent track record
  • 2 kinds of grant
  • Young researchers ERC Starting Independent
    Researcher Grant
  • Established top researchers ERC Advanced
    Investigator Grant

  • Starting Grant
  • Supports researchers at the start of their
    independent research career
  • 3-8 yrs after PhD (this rule may be changed for
    the next call in July 2009, into 2-6 years after
    PhD (true starters) and 6-10 years after PhD
  • Max 2 million per grant
  • Every year one call in summer, with deadlines in
  • Advanced Grant
  • For established top research leaders
  • Max 2.5 million per grant, in specific cases
    3.5 million
  • Every year one call in autumn, with deadlines in
  • More information
  • Dr. Katja Wirth Bürgel (NCP ERC),, 031 380 60 18

Contact data
  • Dr. Christine Poupa, Euresearch Sankt Gallen
  • 41 71 224 25 29
  • Petra Hertkorn-Betz, Euresearch Sankt Gallen
  • 41 71 224 25 28
  • Dr. Juliane Sauer, NCP Mobility
  • 41 31 380 60 21
  • Frédérique Zehnder, scientific collaborator
  • 41 31 380 60 23