Researchers Mobility

About Marie Curie

The 7th framework programme contains an area called “Human recourses and mobility”. All mobility activities sort under the name Marie Curie, which mean scholarships, project participation, networks of hostesses for guest researchers, chairs etc. The measures aim to strengthen Europe's leading role towards research and development. Mobility is considered as a fundamental instrument for the single researcher's carreer.

Dissemination of scientific results is also an important aspect on this connection.

To support and increase the mobility of the European researchers, EU has more than doubled the budget for mobility initiatives to 4,7 billion euro.


Marie Curie has a bottom-up character - organisations, institutions or institutes are chosing subject fields for research themselves. The initiative often means that the single researcher is offered to take part in an on-going research project within the host organisation. Single initiatives are also possible, by the researcher contacting an organisation concerning the special subject field of interest.

The applicants are being judged by certain criterias like qualifications and international publications. Women are especially being encouraged to take part of the mobility programmes.


The covered expenses are related to monthly living allowances, insurances, travel costs, extra allowances connected to the stay abroad, etc.

The amount is adjusted to the individual's needs, as well as to his/her qualifications.

Participating criterion

Doctoral students and experienced researchers have different opportunities within the mobility programme.

Doctoral students have the following possibilities:

  • Early Stage Research Training; participation in a research team at a European university. The stay lasts for the whole or parts of an already initiated project.
  • Conferences; Marie Curie financially supports special initiatives toward courses and conferences. The Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses are implemented as either Series of Events (with at least four events in each serie) or Large Conferences - for the purpose of providing training primarily to researchers with up to ten years of experience.
  • Training Networks; Three institutions from three different countries participate in an international research project. Experienced researchers are acting as supervisors during the project.

Experienced reserchers have the following possibilities:

  • Transfer of Knowledge; Aims at developing startegically important partnerships between universities and enterprises, alternatively developing new competencies in certain units in cooperation with an advantageous resercher from another European country.
  • Intra-European Fellowships; The most advantageous European reserchers are offered a guest  chair at a university considered as most relevant for the researchers further development.
  • Incoming Fellowships; Aims at research at a university or organisation in a non-EU state.
  • Outgoing Fellowships; A non-EU citizen are offered to do qualified research at a European university for maximum two years.
  • Excellence Grants;Internationally recognized researcher are working together in an international project. A doctoral student are acting as a scientific coordinator.
  • Awards; A scientific price for prominent European researchers.
  • Chairs;An internationally recognized researcher are being encouraged to proceed its carreer in Europe, by being offered a leading position at a scientific institute for a limited period.

More information about Marie Curie and can be found on  or throught EU-service

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