Call for proposals under the programme of the 7th EC Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities - Marie Curie Initial Training Networks FP7 Closed!


The actions under the 'People' Specific Programme address researchers at all stages of their careers, in both public and private sectors. Researchers are of at least postgraduate or equivalent level and are classified on the basis of professional experience.

To support the further development and consolidation of the European Research Area, the People Specific Programme's overall strategic objective is to make Europe more attractive for the best researchers.

It will be implemented through “Marie Curie” actions under the following five headings:

  • Initial training of researchers.
  • Life-long training and career development (including Co-funding).
  • Industry-academia pathways and partnerships.
  • International dimension.
  • Specific Policy actions.


The action aims to improve career perspectives of early-stage researchers in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people.
This will be achieved through a trans-national networking mechanism, aimed at structuring the existing high-quality initial research training capacity throughout Member States and Associated countries in both public and private sectors.
The action will be implemented by supporting competitively selected networks of organisations from different countries engaged in research training. The networks will be built on a joint research training programme, responding to well identified training needs in defined scientific or technological areas, with appropriate references to interdisciplinary and newly emerging supra-disciplinary fields.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 185,00 Million EUR (Annual budget for 2008)

All the important deadlines

  • 02 September 2008 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Universities
  • Any legal organisation
  • Non profit organisations
  • Non-governmental organization

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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