Australian Researchers’ Mobility Portal

Friday 30th November 2007

The European Commission is today launching a call for proposals for a new scheme which will create closer links between staff working in research organisations in Europe and their counterparts in other international partner countries. The scheme will support staff exchanges of up to 12 months per staff member. Staff from research organisations in 29 different countries can participate and the scheme is open to all fields of research. The International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, as it is known, will have a budget of €25 million for 2008. The announcement of this scheme comes as the European Commission launches calls for proposals for over €1 billion of research funds to be allocated in 2008.

“At the end of the day, science is all about the people who carry it out on a daily basis, and devote their lives to its advancement,” said European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik. “As we are seeking to enhance the international dimension of our Framework Programme, creating links between research organisations around the world is a very good starting point.”

Marie Curie fellowship schemes have been the mainstay of the EU’s support to research for more than 10 years, bringing together researchers, academics and businesses and involving some of the top names in European science, such as 2007 Nobel Physics Laureate Albert Fert. They have been an important instrument to connect researchers and institutes not just across Europe but increasingly at a global level.

This new scheme will open the benefits of the Marie Curie approach to staff working in research organisations in all of the 29 countries either with which the EU has a Science and Technology Agreement or which are part of the European Neighbourhood Policy. It is hoped that exchanges of this type will help to increase international participation in the 7th Research Framework Programme.

More details about the call are available via the network of National Contact Points, from the European Commission delegation, or on the CORDIS website.