Over 3 500 young European researchers were able to move across Europe in excellent working conditions and with social security coverage in 2011 thanks to Marie Curie Actions (MCAs).
EU funding in 2011
€ 208.64 million
These actions are the backbone of the European Research Area and an excellent example of 'European partnership for researchers'. They train researchers in up-to-date scientific and transferable skills at all stages of their careers. Furthermore, they have organised over 1 500 'stays' in private companies.
The research excellence that MCAs drive has led to more than 57 000 publications in peer reviewed journals and books. These include high-level scientific magazines, such as 'Nature' and 'Science'.
As the end of the FP6 programme approaches in 2012, MCAs have already confirmed their support of the Europe 2020 Strategy. They are frontrunners of many EU flagship initiatives, such as 'Youth on the Move', 'New Skills and Jobs' and 'Innovation Union'.
The FP6 programme 'New and Emerging Science and Technology' (NEST) achieved remarkable cooperation between academia and industry. In total, 164 projects were funded. The last of these projects finished in September 2011. So far, 28 patents have arisen from NEST projects. This demonstrates that excellent research can lead to innovative commercial applications. The final publication "FP6 NEST - what's next?" pointed out that NEST was an initiative ahead of its time. It developed radically new ideas capable of feeding economic and sustainable growth, jobs and social progress in the long term.