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The Marie Curie Actions: an overview
The Sixth Framework Programme's Human Resources and Mobility (HRM) activity has a budget of €1,580 million and is largely based on the financing of training and mobility activities for researchers. These activities, known as the Marie Curie Actions, are aimed at the development and transfer of research competencies, the consolidation and widening of researchers' career prospects, and the promotion of excellence in European research.

The actions are open to researchers in all fields of scientific and technological research from the EU Member States, from countries associated with FP6 and from third countries.

Eligibility for the various schemes is based on research experience and expertise, not age. All levels are covered from researchers at the start of their career to world-class researchers with well-established scientific expertise. The actions are also open to business, universities and institutions active in research.

What is meant by mobility?
What's on offer to researchers?
How can businesses, universities and research organisations benefit?

What is meant by mobility?
To take part in most of the Marie Curie Actions, a researcher must be prepared to move country. Mobility is defined using the following criteria:

  • Firstly, the researcher should not be a national of the state in which they plan to move and carry out their 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 their work (depending on the action).

Exceptions from the first rule may be granted for European researchers that have been working outside the EU for a long period. Similarly, these rules do not apply to the Return and Reintegration Mechanisms.

What's on offer to researchers?
The opportunities open to individual researchers depend on their level of research experience. There are two main categories of researchers eligible for funding:

  • Early-stage researchers: This refers to researchers at the beginning of their research career with less than four years' active research experience (e.g. researchers undertaking a doctoral degree);
  • Experienced researchers: This applies to researchers with more than four years of active research experience or those with a doctorate degree. For some actions, researchers with more than ten years of experience will not be eligible.

Individual researchers interesting in taking part in a Marie Curie Action have two options:

How can businesses, universities and research organisations benefit?
Research organisations can apply to the Commission for funding to provide the following types of training opportunities for researchers of any age or nationality:

Under these schemes, the host institutions will be selected by the Commission and will be given the freedom (within certain guidelines) to select the researchers who will benefit from the training, or who will participate in the transfer of knowledge.


last update: 20-01-2006