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Intra-European Fellowships for career development (IEF)

Intra-European Fellowships for career development (IEF)
At various stages of their career, experienced researchers may welcome an opportunity to acquire new research skills or experience working in other sectors. Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development specifically aim at helping experienced researchers to try something new for a while.
Who can apply?

Researchers can be of any nationality but as a general rule must move from one Member State or Associated country to another in order to carry out the project. You must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate.

What does the funding cover?
IEF funding is provided for advanced training and career development. This may include the acquisition of new and/or complementary skills and transnational mobility. The project is based on a personal career development programme agreed between the researcher and the supervisor at the host organisation. Financial support is provided for a period of 12-24 months (full-time equivalent), for individual projects presented by experienced researchers from Member States or Associated Countries in liaison with a host organisation from a Member State or Associated Country.
The fellowships may include:

  • Training-through-research under supervision, through an individual personalised project
  • Hands-on training to develop your scientific skills (new techniques or instruments, etc.) and your complementary skills (proposal preparation to request funding, patent applications, project management, tasks coordination, technical staff supervision, etc.)
  • Inter-sectoral or interdisciplinary knowledge transfer
  • Building Collaborations
  • Active scientific and financial management of your research project
  • Developing organisational skills through organisation of training or dissemination events.

Which topics can be funded?
IEF proposals are welcomed from all areas of scientific and technological research. But there is one exception: research areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty cannot be funded.
Who decides?
IEF proposals are selected in an open competition. Selection is through transparent, independent peer review, based on excellence using a series of predetermined criteria.

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