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Impact assessment of the Marie Curie fellowships under the 4th and 5th Framework Programmes of Research and Technological Development of the EU (1994-2002) - Short version

Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

For all funding schemes, impact assessments, after investments have been made, are of prime importance to the financing bodies. Such impact assessments aim to discover specific effects that are significantly or uniquely attributable to the funded programmes. Marie Curie fellowships provide one of the most important opportunities for European researchers to spend some time and develop research skills in a European country other than their own. In the period 1994-2002, almost 12,000 researchers undertook international research training funded by the Marie Curie fellowships of the 4th and 5th European Communities framework programmes of research, technological development and demonstration activities. The EC investment amounted to a total of 260,4 million Ecu for the fellowships of the 4th Framework Programme and 556,2 million Euro for the 5th Framework Programme.
In 2002, the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission issued a call for tenders for an independent evaluation designed to assess the impact of the Marie Curie fellowships. An international consortium [APRE (I), the Centre for the Study of Law and Policy in Europe of the University of Leeds (UK) and the Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation (H)] was selected to undertake the impact assessment, which was completed in June 2005 after two years of work. Through interviews and questionnaires the Consortium evaluated the fellowships of the 4th and 5th Framework Programme.
This report is an abbreviated version of the results of the full impact assessment which was submitted to the Commission in June 2005, and which is available via the Europa portal. Impact has been interpreted in the widest possible sense as the effects produced, directly or indirectly by the Marie Curie fellowships on the careers of individual scientists, on host institutions, on the general development of European science and technology and on public awareness and research policies and research administration.

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