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International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) - Marie Curie Actions

Mobility by individual researchers has been supported by Marie Curie Actions for some time now. But something similar was needed for research organisations in particular for exchanges outside Europe.

Marie Curie’s new International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) plugs that gap. It helps research organisations to set up or strengthen long-term cooperation with others, through a coordinated exchange programme for their staff.

Who can apply?

Active research organisations (e.g. universities, research centres etc) can take part in IRSES. Your proposal must include at least two independent participants in at least two different EU Member States or Associated Countries PLUS one or more organisations located either in countries with which the EU has an S&T Agreement (a science and technology cooperation agreement) or in countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The EU’s S&T agreements are listed at:

The European Neighbourhood Policy website is at: Choose translations of the previous link 

One of the Member State or Associated Country partners in your project will act as its coordinator.

Which topics can be funded?

Proposals are welcomed from all areas of scientific and technological research that are of interest to the EU. But there is one exception: research areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty cannot be funded.

What does the funding cover?

For each staff member from an EU Member State or Associated Country staying in an eligible Third Country, a monthly allowance to cover mobility costs (including travel costs) will be paid by IRSES. The costs of stays by staff from certain Third Countries in Europe may also be covered. In all cases, the seconded staff members must continue to be paid their salary and are expected to return to their home organisation after the mobility period.

A staff exchange programme can receive IRSES support for a period of 24-48 months. The maximum duration of the individual staff exchanges will be 12 months.

Who decides?

IRSES proposals are selected in an open competition. Selection is through transparent, independent peer review, based on excellence using a series of predetermined criteria.

How do we apply?

Proposals are submitted in reply to a call for proposals. Calls can be found and proposals submitted through the Participant portal. You can find a list of open Marie Curie Actions calls and useful advice under "Apply now" section of this website.

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How to apply
Participant Portal – check Marie Curie Actions calls & submit your proposal (electronic submission service).

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