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Work Programme 2009 - PEOPLE, Revised (European Commission C(2009)5124 of 1 July 2009)

Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


The People Specific Programme of the 7th Framework Programme (2007 to 2013) acknowledges that one of the main competitive edges in science and technology is the quantity and quality of its human resources. To support the further development and consolidation of the European Research Area (ERA), this Specific Programme's overall strategic objective is to make Europe more attractive for researchers. It aims to strengthen, quantitatively and qualitatively, the human potential in research and technology in Europe, by stimulating people to take up the profession of a researcher, encouraging European researchers to stay in Europe, and attracting to Europe the best researchers from the entire world. Built on the experiences of the Marie Curie actions under previous Framework Programmes, it is implemented through a coherent set of actions, particularly taking into account the European added value in terms of their structuring effect on the European Research Area. These actions address researchers at all stages of their careers, in the public and private sectors, from initial research training, specifically intended for researchers at the early stages of their career, to life-long learning and career development, as well as for knowledge transfer between sectors and with the rest of the world. Efforts will also be made to increase participation by women researchers, by encouraging equal opportunities in all Marie Curie actions, by designing the actions to ensure that researchers can achieve an appropriate work/life balance and by facilitating resuming a research career after a break.

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