The Marie Curie Actions promote research careers in Europe with funding managed by the European Commission. By the end of 2013, Marie Curie Actions will have supported 60,000 researchers of nearly 130 different nationalities since 1996. More than half of the research supported through the programme is dedicated to societal challenges such as health, climate change and energy scarcity.
Thirty seven per cent of the researchers funded through the programme are women and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for more than half of all participating businesses.
The budget for the Marie Curie Actions is €4.7 billion (£4.08bn) in 2007-2013.
The new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) will become the main EU programme to support excellent doctoral training. In 2014-2020, the MSCA will provide grants for 25,000 PhD researchers in the form of European Industrial Doctorates, joint doctorates (involving several universities), and other high-quality research training.
The MSCA will place emphasis on training which combines research with other skills that maximise employability such as management, entrepreneurship and communication expertise.
The European Parliament and EU member states recently agreed the MSCA will account for 8 per cent of the overall Horizon 2020 budget. However, this decision still needs to be formally adopted by the European institutions.
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