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Promoting Excellence

The Marie 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 recognition.

Marie Curie Excellence Grants

Marie Curie Excellence GrantsThe 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

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

Marie Curie Excellence AwardsThe 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 (PDF document - 549 Kb)
  • 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
  • Frequently Asked Questions PDF document 35 Kb



last update: 20-01-2006