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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) - Full version

Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

Marie Curie Fellowships are one of the most important opportunities for European researchers who wish to spend some time in a European country different than their own to develop research skills. In the period 1994-2002, almost 12,000 researchers undertook international research training funded by the Marie Curie fellowships of the 4th and 5th Framework Programme of Research and Technological Development of the EU.
In 2002, the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission (Unit RTD D2) issued a call for tender for an independent evaluation designed to assess the impact of the Marie Curie fellowships. An international consortium (APRE - Agency for the Promotion of European Research (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) undertook the impact assessment.
The assessment was completed in June 2005 after two years of work. The Consortium evaluated the fellowships of the 4th and 5th Framework Programme only. Therefore, the effects of some of the recent developments in the Marie Curie fellowships under the 6th Framework Programme have not been included.
The study made use of an on-line questionnaire, interviews and analysis of background documentation, adopting a combination of objective and subjective measures of impact: The total population comprised 11,802 fellows and 6,036 supervisors. Only 52% of fellows and 81% of supervisors could be reached; for the others, no valid address could be found. The questionnaire was answered by 47% (2918) of the contacted fellows, and 29% (1389) of contacted supervisors. These data are considered as representative of the entire population.
47% of all grant holders were at post-graduate level (usually during doctorate) and 49% at post-doctorate level or with more than 4 years� equivalent research experience. 61% of all fellowships were in University hosts.

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Record Number: 8698 / Last updated on: 2007-09-19
Category: MISC