Europe needs highly skilled excellent researchers to foster the European Research Area (ERA). Attracting the world's best researchers and making research become an appealing career choice for Europe's brightest talents is essential.
To support the career development of researchers and favour European research excellence, the European Commission has developed a series of funding schemes called the Marie Curie Actions. Their objectives are to:
The actions form a coherent series of training and mobility activities, which address the needs of researchers in both the public and private sectors, and fund researchers at all career levels from PhD programmes onwards:
The Marie Curie Actions are open to researchers of all ages, experience and nationality including those returning to research after a break.
The Research Executive Agency manages Marie Curie Actions projects to a total value of €4.75 billion. Moreover, it carries out all operations linked to grant awarding in this area.
Marie Curie Actions are open to all research fields in humanities and science, with the exception of research areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty. They take a 'bottom-up' approach rather than predefining areas of research to be supported or the budget amount apportioned to the research field. Projects fall into 8 broad areas of research from chemistry to social sciences.