€227 millions in Marie Curie research grants to experienced researchers

The European Commission published three calls for proposals that inviting bids for the final tranche of Marie Curie fellowship grants, and to support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The application process runs until 14 August 2013.

Some €227 million, the highest single amount made available through the Marie Curie Actions fund funded through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, will be awarded to around 1 000 experienced researchers this year. The application process runs until 14 August 2013 through three call for proposals.

According to Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for the Marie Curie fund, these fellowships ensure support for excellent research in areas like healthcare, which can result in breakthroughs that transform the lives of millions. Recent Marie Curie beneficiaries have carried out ground-breaking research aimed at tackling Hepatitis C and malaria, for instance.

An example from one precedent edition is represented by Armando Arias Esteban from Madrid, who did a two-year intra-European fellowship at Imperial College, and stressed that the grant enabled him to work in London and to establish a large network of international collaborations.