Marie Curie Fellowships

       The Human Resources and Mobility (HRM) activity within Sixth Framework Programme has a budget of 1580 million and is largely based on financing the training and mobility activities of researchers. These activities, known as the Marie Curie Actions, are aimed at the development and transfer of research competencies, consolidation and widening of researcher career prospects, and promotion of excellence in European research.
       The actions are open to researchers in all fields of scientific and technological research from the EU Member States, from countries associated with FP6 and from third countries.
       Eligibility for the various schemes is based on research experience and expertise, and not age, that is an important change in relation to FP5. All levels are covered: from researchers at the start of their career to world-class researchers with well-established scientific expertise. The actions are also open to business, universities and institutions active in research. Proposals from all areas of scientific and technological research of interest to the European Community are welcome and there are no pre-defined priority areas.

    There are two main categories of researchers eligible for funding:
  • Early-stage researchers: This refers to researchers at the beginning of their research career with less than four years active research experience (e.g. researchers undertaking a doctoral degree);
  • Experienced researchers: This applies to researchers with more than four years of active research experience or those with a doctorate degree. For some actions, researchers with more than ten years of experience will not be eligible.

    There are some formal restrictions like:
  • Researchers should not be nationals of the state in which they plan to move and carry out their research;
  • The researcher has not lived, worked or studied in that country for more than 12 months out of the three years immediately prior to either the time of application, or the start of their work (depending on the action).
       The host institution, like e.g. The Forest Research Institute in Warsaw (see the offer) accepts fellows within given limitations (70% is reserved for EU members and Associated States and the rest for third country researchers).
       Each fellow must prepare his/her mobility project (with host institution).

    The most significat changes in the FP6 Fellowship Program as compared to FP5, are:
  • more kinds of fellowships and grants,
  • budget increased from 1050 million in FP5 up to 1580 million in FP6,
  • eligibility for various schemes is based on research experience and expertise, not age,
  • all areas of scientific and technological research are accepted (except military actions, projects against ethics rules),
  • projects can be prepared by both institutions and individual researchers,
  • it is possible to finance projects outside Europe and individual researchers from third countries.

More about Marie Curie Actions:

  1. The Marie Curie Actions in FP6: an overview.
  2. The Marie Curie Actions in Cordis.
  3. Documents and forms concerning Marie Curie fellowships.
  4. Electronical proposal submission system

The offer from the Forest Research Institute in Warsaw (FRIW).