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Assessing the impact of the Marie Curie Fellowship schemes

The European Commission, DG XII, has published an invitation to tender for a study relating to the formulation of a methodology for assessing the impact of the Marie Curie Fellowship schemes under the Third, Fourth and upcoming Fifth RTD Framework Programmes. This contract will be financed under the EU's specific RTD programme for the Training and Mobility of Researchers (1994-1998).

The successful tenderer will be required:

- To identify and document methods of assessing the impact of comparable fellowships at national and international level and to present the best practice on which the proposed methodology will be based;
- To define a set of comprehensive indicators providing a basis for the impact assessment of the Marie Curie Fellowship schemes;
- To design the appropriate instruments, which are necessary for the compilation of the indicators required, through:
. Use of continuously updated and available quantitative data;
. Long-term studies performed at regular intervals;
. Other means, where appropriate;
- To provide the Commission with a detailed work plan to be followed in order to implement the methodology. This work plan must cover sources of information, data-collection methods, including questionnaires, methods of data interpretation, models for presentation of results, timetables and an estimate of the costs of carrying out the proposed actions;
- To demonstrate the feasibility of the methodology by practical examples, such as sample data collections and testing of questionnaires.

The contractor should propose solutions on how to isolate the impact arising from the fellowship from impacts arising from other influences, and how different aspects of the fellowship (e.g. mobility) contribute to the impact.

The study should cover all Member States of the European Union and the associated states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Israel, as well as Switzerland (which participates in the fellowship scheme of the Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion programme). A broader geographical basis, however, may be needed for the accomplishment of the task of identifying best practice in other international and national fellowship schemes.

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