To take part in most of the Marie Curie Actions, a researcher must be prepared to move country. Mobility is defined using the following prerequisites:
Firstly, the researcher should not be a national of the state in which he/she plans to move and carry out research;
Secondly, 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 his/her work (depending on the action).
Individual researchers interested in taking part in a Marie Curie Action have two options:
- To apply directly to an institution that has been selected by the European Commission for a Host-Driven Action.
- To prepare a project together with a host institution of his/her choice and submit it to the Commission.
What information should I have for preparing and submitting a proposal?
WORK PROGRAMME ''PEOPLE'' 2009
Download and read carefully the Work Programme ''PEOPLE'' 2009 [414KB]
This is the main text outlining the aims and objectives of all the FP7 Marie Curie Actions and also ncludes all the key information concerning financial contribution, evaluation and eligibility criteria.
''OPEN'' CALLS FOR PROPOSALS (2009)
The calls are published during the year by the European Commission. Separate calls are published for each activity of the Specific Programme "People" and the publication dates are specified in the Work Programme.
You can have direct access to the calls of the main actions here:
The "Guides for Applicants" outline exactly how to complete your proposal submission and include the application form itself (though note it has to be submitted through the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS).
The whole ''INFORMATION PACKAGE'' related to a specific call (Call, Guide for Applicants, Work Programme) can be found in ''Å -Library or can be downloaded directly from the relevant EU web-site
INFORMATION IN GREEK - ''PEOPLE'' PROGRAMME
You can get information on the ''People'' specific programme in GREEK.
All applications must be made online, using the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The EPSS software tool is expected to be available about 4 weeks before each call and from 19/3/2007 is already operational for some calls. Proposals for indirect RTD actions that are submitted on-line and which are incomplete, illegible or contain viruses will be excluded.
A link to EPSS will be provided for each call once the system is up and running.
Building international partnerships is part of taking part in EU research programmes.
From here you will be able to link directly to the ''Partners Search'' facility of CORDIS web-site, tailored for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) which is currently under development. It will be published here as soon as it is available.
You can use the search facilities to find international partners with the complementary expertise, profile or technology that you are looking for.
While FP7 participants can in principle be based anywhere, there are different categories of country which may have varying eligibility for different specific and work programmes:
MEMBER STATES - The EU-27
The EU 27 Member States are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
ASSOCIATED COUNTRIES - with science and technology cooperation agreements that involved contributing to the framework programme budget
The Associated States are:
a) Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway (subject to amendment procedure of EEA agreement)
b) Switzerland, Israel (subject to satisfactory conclusion of bilateral S/T agreements with the EC)
c) Turkey, Croatia, Serbia and FYROM (subject to satisfactory completion of the decision-making procedure associating these countries via a Memorandum of Understanding) Other countries may become associated during the course of FP7. The latest news will be posted on CORDIS at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/participate_en.html.
THIRD COUNTRIES - the participation of organisations or individuals established in countries that are not Member States, candidates or associated should also be justified in terms of the enhanced contribution to the objectives of FP7. There is a list of countries, named "International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) that can be found as annex 1 in the Work Programme". Legal entities established in an International Cooperation Partner country (ICPC) and International European interest Organisations may participate in the actions ITN, IAPP and IIF (return phase) on an equal basis with those from Member States and Associated countries and may receive financial contribution funding following the conditions provided by the Rules for Participation*.
* Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the rules for participation of undertakings, research centres and universities in actions under the 7th Framework Programme and for the dissemination of research results (2007-2013).