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CORDIS launches information service in support of Marie Curie actions on human resources and mobility

In order to develop and enhance human resources in the European Research Area (ERA), and thereby improve Europe's attractiveness to researchers and overall research performance, the EU supports human resources and mobility activities, named Marie Curie Actions. CORDIS, the Com...

In order to develop and enhance human resources in the European Research Area (ERA), and thereby improve Europe's attractiveness to researchers and overall research performance, the EU supports human resources and mobility activities, named Marie Curie Actions. CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service, has now launched a new information service that assembles information on participation in these schemes. Born in Poland, Marie Curie carried out her Nobel Prize-winning work in physics and chemistry in Paris, France. The EU's initiatives named in her honour offer researchers from the EU Member States, as well as candidate, associated and third countries, to improve their career prospects, develop their research skills and gain experience in another country. The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) human resources and mobility activity has a budget of 1 580 million euro to offer financial support for the development of world-class human resources in the European research system. The new CORDIS service provides an overview of the training, mobility and career development opportunities covered under FP6, as well as detailed information on how to participate in the various Marie Curie schemes available. It provides detailed information on each of the types of funding available, whether they are host-driven actions, such as the Marie Curie Research Training Networks or Fellowships for the Transfer of Knowledge, or individual-driven actions, like Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships or Incoming International Fellowships. Actions for the promotion and recognition of excellence, such as Marie Curie Excellence Grants or Marie Curie Chairs, are also covered, as are return and re-integration mechanisms like Marie Curie European Reintegration Grants. Finally, there is a specific section on cooperation with Member States and associated countries. Each of these sections provides background information on the type of scheme, and publishes the open calls for proposals. Each section also includes detailed information on how to apply for funding according to each type of action, and guidance on how to manage the project. These opportunities are open to researchers of all ages and levels of experience, regardless of nationality, and are open to researchers in all fields of scientific and technological research from the EU Member States, from countries associated with FP6 and from third countries. The new CORDIS service aims to support the Marie Curie actions' objectives with regard to the development and transfer of research competencies, the consolidation and widening of researchers' career prospects, and the promotion of excellence in European research.