Eighty successful consortia have been selected under the 2017 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) call for proposals, which is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
The RISE programme promotes cross-border and cross-sector collaboration through sharing knowledge and ideas from research to market and vice versa within Europe and beyond. With an overall budget of €80 million, 811 participating organisations (including 113 small and medium enterprises and 227 organisations from third countries) involved in research and innovation activities will receive funding for 7 480 staff exchanges in all scientific domains.
Doctoral researchers and post-doctoral fellows as well as technicians, managerial and administrative staff are involved in the exchanges.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said:
"These research and innovation exchanges are a very powerful tool, promoting creativity and entrepreneurship and helping to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes. They are instrumental in boosting the transfer of knowledge necessary to address Europe's challenges. I am delighted to see so many business partners involved in this year's selection, providing a boost to the EU's innovation capacity."
The RISE programme represents a unique opportunity for individuals to expand their horizons, enlarge their networks, receive innovative research training and develop new career opportunities.
Participating in the programme enables organisations to form partnerships with leading research and innovation organisations from across the world.
Year-long celebrations are currently taking place to mark the 20th anniversary of the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions, a programme dedicated to boosting excellence by supporting the human resources that drive research and innovation.