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Marie Curie Excellence Grants (EXT) give promising researchers the opportunity to set up or develop their own research teams in Europe. The action helps enhance the careers of these promising researchers by helping them attain research independence more rapidly. In order to qualify as a team leader, the applicant should have a recognised potential to reach a high level of scientific excellence, as well as the ability to manage and inspire a research team.
With the help of the EXT grant, the researcher will be able to carry out an ambitious leading-edge research project of particular importance to Europe. By creating solid opportunities inside Europe for excellent researchers at a crucial stage in their careers, this action aims both to retain the best European brains and to lure world-class talent back to Europe.