Curie Actions also focus on the promotion and recognition of excellence
in European research. Three initiatives have been set up to increase
the visibility and attractiveness of European research. The aim
is to highlight the personal achievements of European researchers
with a view to supporting their further development and international
Marie Curie Excellence Grants
The aim is to create transnational research teams
led by a researcher who has the potential to reach excellence in
a particular scientific field. This action will target European
research teams who are working on cutting-edge and interdisciplinary
research in an EU Member or Associated State.
The prospective team leader applies to the
Commission jointly with the host institution. The Commission then
selects proposals for funding and signs a contract with the host
organisation. The successful teams will be awarded a grant of up
to four years based on a well-defined research programme. The team
leader selects the team members —- who may be of any nationality
— all of whom must sign an agreement with the host organisation.
Marie Curie Chairs
The aim is to encourage world-class researchers working
in fields of key importance for Europe to resume or further develop
their careers in Europe, by providing support for a period of research
and teaching of between one to three years.
All nationalities of world-class researchers
are eligible, the host institution should be in a EU or Associated
State. The applicant applies to the Commission jointly with the
host institution. The Commission then selects the Chair-holders
and signs a contract with the host. Following this, the successful
candidate signs a separate agreement with the host organisation.
Marie Curie Excellence Awards
aim is to give recognition to the excellence achieved by researchers
who have benefited from a Community mobility scheme for the training
of researchers for a minimum of one year. Candidates can propose
themselves or may be proposed by others.
- The last
call for proposals has been published on 20 July 2005. It
is an open call with closure date on 15 February 2006 at 17.00
(Brussels local time).
- A detailed explanation of Marie Curie Excellence Awards is provided
in the following Handbook
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- Additional information on the progress of calls and the status
of proposal evaluation, as well as guidance on how to apply and
manage your project can be found at the new Marie
Curie information service on CORDIS