Career 
Opportunities in 
the Marie 
Skłodowska-Curie 
Actions’ 
Dr. Jennifer Brennan 
National Contact Point 
National De...
Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office 
Sponsored by the Irish Research Council 
(www.research.ie) 
• Promote the Actions to ...
• ‘One-stop-shop’ 
centralised support on 
issues related to 
mobility, incl. 
immigration 
• Linked to central EU 
EURAXE...
Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions in Horizon 2020: 
€6.2 billion budget 
Funds ALL RESEARCH AREAS 
(no thematic calls or prio...
Job & Fellowship Opportunities
Opportunity 1: Apply for a job in an 
FP7 Marie Curie Action 
• Projects funded during FP7 (2007 – 2013) 
• Initial Traini...
Mobility Rule 
• To be eligible you must not have resided in the country of 
host organisation for > 12 months in the last...
Opportunity 2: Apply for a 
Marie S-Curie Individual Fellowship 
• Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) 
• A...
Individual Fellowships 
• A personal fellowship to support a 
period of mobility 
• For Experienced Researchers 
• Post-Ph...
Mobility rule 
Cannot apply for a fellowship in a 
country where you have lived for 
>12 months in the 3 years before 
the...
Opportunity 3: Apply for a fellowship in a 
COFUND Fellowship Programme 
• National or International Fellowship Schemes 
•...
https://maps.google.be/maps/ms?msid=213886836935025775306.0004ce712744501893f6c&msa=0&ll=48.019324,3.999023&spn=25.732753,...
Sample COFUND Programmes open now 
• ASSISTID 
– International Training and Career Development programme 
– Assistive Tech...
Funding for Principal Investigators
ITN • Innovative Training Networks 
RISE • Research & Innovation Staff Exchange 
• Co-financing fellowship or doctoral 
pr...
Innovative 
Training 
Networks 
Quality of Research Training 
• Research Training Programme for 
Masters’ and Doctoral Stu...
Research & Innovation 
Staff Exchange 
Promoting transfer of knowledge 
between countries and sectors 
• Funds exchange vi...
COFUND 
COFUND began in FP7: 
• Co-funded over 175 fellowships programmes (8 are Irish) 
Horizon 2020 will offer co-fundin...
NIGHT 
European Researchers’ Night 
• A European-wide public and 
media event to promote 
research careers 
• 4th Friday o...
Which subject areas have been most 
successful for Ireland? 
10% 2% 
21% 
28% 12% 
0% 
11% 
16% 
CHE (21) 
ECO (4) 
ENG (4...
In Ireland, the highest proportion of FP7 MC 
Fellowships have been awarded to Social Sciences 
and Humanities researchers...
Sample Funded Projects: 
• Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets 
• Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic...
Reasons for HEIs to get involved 
Build Links with Research Groups and Industry Worldwide 
Increase number of research stu...
How the MSC Office can help 
• Email Distribution List (mariecurie@iua.ie) 
• Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office Ireland on Lin...
Thank 
you! 
mariecurie@iua.ie 
www.iua.ie/mariecurie 
Marie Skłodowska-Curie 
Office Ireland
Dr. Jennifer Brennan, "Marie's curie actions - opportunities for individuals" at DAH Institute 2014
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The Digital Arts and Humanities structured PhD programme hosted its annual Institute in University College Cork, 3-4 September 2014. The theme, "Reflecting on Transformations: careers, disciplines, and methods" reflects the significant transformations that have taken place in the arts and humanities over the last number of decades.

This two day event included presentations by students as well as international and national speakers from the digital arts and humanities community as well as practical sessions on digital preservation and project management.

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  1. 1. Career Opportunities in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ Dr. Jennifer Brennan National Contact Point National Delegate
  2. 2. Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office Sponsored by the Irish Research Council (www.research.ie) • Promote the Actions to Irish researchers and research organisations • Support researchers in preparing funding applications • Contribute to policy initiatives relevant to the Actions
  3. 3. • ‘One-stop-shop’ centralised support on issues related to mobility, incl. immigration • Linked to central EU EURAXESS Site • Website in each European Country (and beyond) • Jobs Portal • CV Database EURAXESS www.euraxess.eu www.euraxess.ie
  4. 4. Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions in Horizon 2020: €6.2 billion budget Funds ALL RESEARCH AREAS (no thematic calls or priorities) Implemented via Annual Calls for Proposals Training Marie S-Curie Actions Career Mobility Squo-dovska
  5. 5. Job & Fellowship Opportunities
  6. 6. Opportunity 1: Apply for a job in an FP7 Marie Curie Action • Projects funded during FP7 (2007 – 2013) • Initial Training Network (ITN) • Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP) • Need PhD or four years of research experience after primary degree (Experienced Researcher): for ITN, no more than five years of experience (includes years spent completing PhD, if relevant) • All advertised on EURAXESS Jobs • Search filter for “Marie Curie Vacancies”
  7. 7. Mobility Rule • To be eligible you must not have resided in the country of host organisation for > 12 months in the last 3 years on the day you begin your employment contract. • Example 1: If applying for a Marie Curie job in France, you must not have resided in France for > 12 months in the 3 years before starting the job. • Example 2: If you have lived in Ireland for < 12 months in the last 3 years, you can apply for a Marie Curie job at an Irish organisation. • No nationality/citizenship/age restrictions
  8. 8. Opportunity 2: Apply for a Marie S-Curie Individual Fellowship • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) • Annual Calls for Fellowships (next deadline Sep 2015) • Need PhD or four years of research experience after primary degree (Experienced Researcher) • Researcher applies with support of host organisation • Operated by European Commission (Research Executive Agency)
  9. 9. Individual Fellowships • A personal fellowship to support a period of mobility • For Experienced Researchers • Post-PhD or equivalent • No upper age or experience limit • Fully-funded fellowships • Salary, research costs etc. • Minimum duration 1 year • Supports Career Restart and Reintegration into Europe • Optional secondment during fellowship
  10. 10. Mobility rule Cannot apply for a fellowship in a country where you have lived for >12 months in the 3 years before the Call deadline, or for >3 years in the 5 years before the deadline for the Career Restart and Reintegration Options. European Fellowships IF – European and Global Global Fellowships 1 – 2 years 2 – 3 years (incl. 12 months back in Europe)
  11. 11. Opportunity 3: Apply for a fellowship in a COFUND Fellowship Programme • National or International Fellowship Schemes • Co-funded by FP7 MCA/Horizon 2020 MSCA, but operated by national/international organisations in European Countries • Need PhD or four years of research experience after primary degree (Experienced Researcher) • Each scheme is different, with different eligibility/mobility rules. In the main, Researcher applies with support of host organisation
  12. 12. https://maps.google.be/maps/ms?msid=213886836935025775306.0004ce712744501893f6c&msa=0&ll=48.019324,3.999023&spn=25.732753,67.631836&dg=feature
  13. 13. Sample COFUND Programmes open now • ASSISTID – International Training and Career Development programme – Assistive Technologies for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism – Operated by DOCTRID Research Institute http://www.assistid.eu/ • BEWARE FELLOWSHIPS Academia – Operated by the Federal Government of Wallonia (Belgium) – Funds all research areas – Goal to attract researchers to Wallonia (over 100 fellowships available) – http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/fgDetails/68458 • Frias COFUND Fellowship Programme – Operated by the University of Freiburg, Germany – Offering 3 – 24 month positions at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies – Funds any research area relevant to the activities of the Institute – http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/fgDetails/73212 All open calls advertised on EURAXESS Jobs
  14. 14. Funding for Principal Investigators
  15. 15. ITN • Innovative Training Networks RISE • Research & Innovation Staff Exchange • Co-financing fellowship or doctoral programmes with transnational mobility COFUND NIGHT • European Researchers’ Night
  16. 16. Innovative Training Networks Quality of Research Training • Research Training Programme for Masters’ and Doctoral Students • Improving career prospects • Equipping with a broad range of research and transferable skills • Promoting Mobility during research training (international and inter-sectoral) • 3 types of ITN • European Training Networks • European Industrial Doctorates • European Joint Doctorates (transferred from Erasmus Mundus) http://www.iua.ie/irish-marie-curie-office/funding-calls/
  17. 17. Research & Innovation Staff Exchange Promoting transfer of knowledge between countries and sectors • Funds exchange visits from 1 month to 1 year and networking activities (workshops, meetings, conferences etc.) • Minimum consortium 3 participants from 3 countries • Can involve countries outside Europe • Can involve non-academic participants e.g. industry, NGOs, charities etc. • High success rates http://www.iua.ie/irish-marie-curie-office/funding-calls/
  18. 18. COFUND COFUND began in FP7: • Co-funded over 175 fellowships programmes (8 are Irish) Horizon 2020 will offer co-funding for: • Doctoral programmes and Fellowship programmes (post-PhD and/or more senior) Co-funding rate is ~50% • “Own funding” can come from any source (national, industry, philanthropic) https://maps.google.be/maps/ms?msid=213886836935025775306.0004ce712744501893f6c&msa=0&ll=48.019324,3.999023&spn=25.732753,67.631836&dg=feature
  19. 19. NIGHT European Researchers’ Night • A European-wide public and media event to promote research careers • 4th Friday of September each year • Full or part-funding available • Next Call in 2016 Discover Research Dublin 2014 TCD and Royal Irish Academy award in 2014 NIGHT Call Events from 3 to 10pm on Friday 26th Sep 2014 http://discoverresearchdublin2014.com/
  20. 20. Which subject areas have been most successful for Ireland? 10% 2% 21% 28% 12% 0% 11% 16% CHE (21) ECO (4) ENG (44) ENV (25) LIF (58) MAT (0) PHY (22) SOC (34) Data for Ireland as of July 2013 Chemistry Economic Sciences ICT & Engineering Earth & Environment Life Sciences Maths Physics Social Sciences & Humanities
  21. 21. In Ireland, the highest proportion of FP7 MC Fellowships have been awarded to Social Sciences and Humanities researchers. 26% of Individual Awards Of the 56 MC Initial Training Network Contracts signed in Ireland, 6 are for Social Sciences and Humanities projects Same number of projects were funded in Chemistry and in Physics
  22. 22. Sample Funded Projects: • Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets • Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic: Demography, Migration, and Lifestyle at the Advent of Civilization • Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe • A Psycholinguistic Investigation of Irish Orthography and Reading • Epistemology and Democracy in Complex Societies • Brahms and the Fabric of Modernist Culture
  23. 23. Reasons for HEIs to get involved Build Links with Research Groups and Industry Worldwide Increase number of research students & staff Attracting Leading & Up-and-Coming Researchers Fund a Sabbatical Abroad (up-skill for ERC) Significant co-financing opportunity through COFUND
  24. 24. How the MSC Office can help • Email Distribution List (mariecurie@iua.ie) • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office Ireland on Linkedin • Dedicated website www.iua.ie/mariecurie • YouTube channel MarieCurieActionIre Information • Training Webinars for specific Calls (recordings on website and YouTube) • Advice on whether your concept ‘fits’ the Call • Partner search via MSCA NCP network Support
  25. 25. Thank you! mariecurie@iua.ie www.iua.ie/mariecurie Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office Ireland

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