100th Marie Curie COFUND grant awarded to Croatia
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will participate in an event in Brussels on 12 December with Željko Jovanović, Croatian Minister of Science, Education and Sports, to mark the 100th Marie Curie 'COFUND' grant, which has been awarded to a research fellowship programme managed by the Ministry in Zagreb.
Under the COFUND scheme, the Commission tops up regional, national and international programmes for research training by up to 40% of the total funding. The €2.8 million grant awarded to the Croatian Ministry will support 117 fellowships over the next five years. COFUND was launched in 2007 and will be extended under Horizon 2020, the Commission's new research and innovation programme for 2014-2020.
"Alongside our traditional Marie Curie grants, the COFUND action has enabled us to extend the reach of our support for research excellence and career mobility," said Commissioner Vassiliou ahead of the event.
In total, more than 6 000 researchers have benefited from the COFUND scheme to date. Tomorrow's event takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (10am). Today, the Council is expected to reach a 'partial general approach' (agreement pending adoption of the European Parliament's opinion) on the renamed Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), including COFUND, which will support researchers and doctoral training including industrial doctorates, joint doctorates and other innovative research training. On 28 November the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) voted in favour of increasing the budget share of the MSCA in Horizon 2020 from 7.4% to 8.3% and endorsed the main elements of the Commission's proposals.
More information about the Marie Curie actions