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Marie Curie Actions - 15 years of boosting research careers in Europe

The Marie Curie Actions programme, which helps to fund the best researchers in Europe, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

date:  26/09/2011

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To mark this milestone, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will join 300 researchers representing various scientific disciplines and nationalities at a conference in the Polish capital. The event also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Polish-French scientist famed for her pioneering work on radioactivity.


The Marie Curie Actions have supported more than 50 000 researchers of nearly 130 different nationalities since the programme's creation in 1996. More than half of the funding allocated through the programme is aimed at research into major societal challenges such as health, energy supply and climate change (see table below).

The scheme invests in the training and career development of researchers at every stage from post-graduate level. It directly responds to the commitments of the European Union's 'Innovation Union' by attracting and training young people to become researchers and by offering high-quality doctoral training, with business involvement, to promote internationally competitive research careers in Europe.

The Marie Curie Actions also encourage the mobility of researchers across sectors, disciplines and countries and in this way contribute to the goals of the EU's Youth on the Move initiative.

As well as benefitting individual researchers, the Marie Curie Actions also support closer collaboration between research organisations, universities and businesses from all over the world. So far, more than 70 countries have been involved in Marie Curie projects.

To foster closer cooperation between universities and businesses, and to train the next generation of scientists in better understanding both academic and business cultures, the Commission recently launched a new pilot initiative called "European Industrial Doctorates". This gives young researchers the opportunity to carry out their doctoral training in both a university or research institute and at a company, in different Member States or other countries involved in the Commission's research programme.

The Marie Curie Actions are managed by the Research Executive Agency, which manages parts of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), one of the pillars of the Europe 2020 strategy for sustainable and inclusive growth.

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