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Securing a future research career in Europe
One of the major stumbling blocks to mobility is a fear some researchers have that they will miss opportunities at home if they spend time working abroad. Researchers who have been out of their national research system for a considerable time often experience difficulty in securing a position when they eventually return to their home country. More experienced researchers sometimes find that spending time in a research institute abroad can be disadvantageous to career advancement and that their work abroad is not adequately appreciated by their home institute.

The Marie Curie Actions both recognise and aim to solve these problems. A number of innovative measures have been put in place to make mobility more attractive by reducing negative impacts on a researcher's career and making it easier for fellows to continue their professional scientific career in their home country or elsewhere in Europe (or in an Associated State) after a training period abroad. The 'Return and Reintegration Mechanisms' will also support researchers who have been working outside Europe for a long time and who want to return to Europe.

There are two new measures available, each in the form of a grant to be used by the successful fellow. The Commission signs a contract with the university, research centre or enterprise in an EU Member or Associated State that will employ the returning researcher.

European Reintegration Grants

European Reintegration GrantsThese grants are open to researchers from EU Member or Associated States who have taken part in a Marie Curie Action for at least two years.

Under the Sixth Framework Programme, the researcher applies to the Commission together with the host institution 6 months before the end of his or her initial fellowship. However, researchers who have received training or are still being trained under a previous Framework Programme can apply up to 12 months after they complete their fellowship.

Note that there is a transition rule for some cases from previous Frameowrk Programmes:

Fellowships from previous Framework Programmes
Ending before 01. 01. 2003 Transition rule: Eligible to apply within 12 months after the end of the mobility/training period
Ending between 01.01.2003 and 31.12. 2003 Transition rule: Eligible to apply until 31.12.2003
Ending between 01. 01. 2004 and 30.06.2004 Transition rule: Eligible to apply until 31.12.2003
Ending after 30.06.2004 (includes all fellowships started in 2003) FP6 rule: Must submit at the latest 6 months before the end of the mobility/training period

The Commission then selects the successful proposals and signs a contract with the reintegration host. The grant, which must be used within one year, goes towards the cost of undertaking a reintegration project. The host institution must ensure the effective and lasting reintegration of the researcher for at least two years.

  • The last call for proposals was published on 15 October 2004. It is an open call with closure dates on 19 January 2005, 19 April 2005, 19 July 2005, 19 October 2005, 19 January 2006, 19 April 2006 and 19 July 2006, at 17.00 (Brussels local time)
  • A detailed explanation of Marie Curie European Reintegration Grants is provided in the following Handbook (PDF document - 611 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

International Reintegration Grants

The second type of grant aims to encourage researchers from the EU or Associated States who have been working outside Europe for at least five years to return to Europe to share their knowledge and expertise.

The Commission then selects the most suitable proposals and signs a contract with the reintegration host. The successful candidates receive financial support for at least two years, however, the host institution must ensure the effective and lasting reintegration of the researcher for at least three years.

  • The last call for proposals was published on 15 October 2004. It is an open call with closure dates on 19 January 2005, 19 April 2005, 19 July 2005, 19 October 2005, 19 January 2006, 19 April 2006 and 19 July 2006, at 17.00 (Brussels local time)
  • A detailed explanation of Marie Curie International Reintegration Grants is provided in the following Handbook (PDF document - 212 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

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last update: 07-10-2005