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PRES Towards International Gain of Excellence

Final Report Summary - PRESTIGE (PRES Towards International Gain of Excellence)

PRESTIGE was co-financed under the Marie Curie Actions-COFUND of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development for a total duration of 63 months (01/09/2014-30/11/2019). It was coordinated by Campus France, the French National Agency for international student and researcher mobility. PRESTIGE aimed at fostering the international mobility of researchers by offering post-doctoral research co-financing grants to and from France and in all scientific fields.

A call for applications was continuously open with 4 cut-off dates per year: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, December 31st. Applications in English were to be submitted through the PRESTIGE Online Submission Tool before one of the 4 cut-off dates. The June 30th, 2018 cut-off was the fifteenth and very last of the PRESTIGE programme.

Three mobility schemes were available:
- Incoming (co-financing grants for 12 to 24 months), allowing foreign or French researchers to carry out their post-doctoral research work in France;
- Outgoing (co-financing grants for 6 to 12 months), for researchers from France wishing to carry out a post-doctoral research project in another country;
- Re-integration (co-financing grants for 12 to 24 months), targeted at nationals of EU Member States or Associated Countries working in research for at least 3 years in another Third Country and wishing to come to France to further develop their research career.

Over fifteen cut-off dates, from late 2014 to mid-2018, 294 researchers, representing as many as 44 different nationalities, were positively evaluated and selected out of 437 applications submitted. Taking account several withdrawals or abandonments for personal or professional reasons, 233 PRESTIGE Fellows were actually co-funded, corresponding to more than 300 implemented fellow years (87,3% within the Incoming mobility scheme, 5,5% within the Outgoing mobility scheme and 7,2% within the Reintegration mobility scheme). Some 100 French higher education and research organisations were involved in the programme as hosting and/or sending institutions. In order to properly carry out the evaluation and selection procedure, Campus France managed to build up a very broad database of some 2900 expert reviewers from around the world.

Campus France promoted the PRESTIGE programme in France and worldwide at some 100 targeted events, training sessions and meetings, through its 260 overseas offices in 126 countries and the French diplomatic network, as well as online on Euraxess, its own websites, the PRESTIGE website and social networks. Different information and promotion tools, in English and French, were also available on the programme website for potential applicants, hosting/sending institutions and multi pliers (e.g. a poster, a flyer, a FAQ).

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