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Training and Mobility of Researchers - Training through research

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a call for proposals for RTD projects under the Community's specific programme in the field of Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR).

The objectives and the research, technological development and demonstration activities covered by this call for proposals relate to the following area of the TMR work programme:

- Area 3: Training through research.

Participants in this activity are, on the one hand, researchers, primarily with a doctoral degree or equivalent level of education, wishing to receive training or to specialize outside their country of origin and, on the other, the research institutes hosting them. The beneficiaries will be designated "Marie Curie Fellows".

The researchers must be citizens of Community Member States or of a State associated with the programme. The research institutes must be legal entities established in the Community or in a State associated with the programme and have the capacity to provide training through research.

The aim of the programme is to promote, by encouraging the training and mobility of researchers, a quantitative and qualitative increase in human resources within the Community and the States associated with the programme. The programme covers all fields of the exact, natural, economic and management sciences, as well as those social and human sciences that contribute to the objectives of the Fourth Framework Programme.

In order to encourage the creativity and innovation of researchers in conceiving their projects, there are no pre-established targets or priorities in the fields covered by the TMR programme. Scientific merit will be the overriding criterion in the evaluation and selection of projects.

While respecting the fundamental principle of scientific excellence, the selection process will also take account of scientific and technological cohesion and participation by industry and small businesses (industrial researchers, industrial host institutes and projects of interest to industry). In this context, particular attention will be paid to training in the field of the management of changes within enterprises as they relate to new technologies.

Area 3 will concentrate on training for European researchers at post-doctorate level through research and through measures to promote their mobility. This activity will be implemented by means of three types of grant:

- Grants for training:
Offered to post-doctorate or post-graduate researchers who wish to receive training or to specialize outside their country of origin or their country of residence. Community support will provide an allowance for the researcher and a contribution to the research and management costs of the host institute for a period of between six months and two years at post-doctorate level and between six months and three years at post-graduate level;

- Return grants:
Reserved for researchers from less-favoured regions who wish to return and undertake research in a less-favoured region in their country of origin and who have either received a full post-doctoral grant for training under this programme for at least two years, or who have received a post-doctoral fellowship under the Human Capital and Mobility programme for at least 20 months. The Community support will provide an allowance for the researcher and a contribution to the research and management costs of the host institute for up to 12 months;

- Mobility grants to established researchers:
Reserved for established researchers who wish to join a research team in a less-favoured region outside their country of origin, in order to impart their knowledge and research experience. Applicants for these grants must produce evidence of at least eight years' full-time research experience at post-graduate level. Community support will provide an allowance for the researcher and a contribution to the research and management costs of the host institute for a period of three months to one year.

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