Marie Curie Actions

The area of Human Resources and Mobility is one of the four parts of the specific programme, "Structuring the European Research Area", in the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Acitivities (FP 6).

The objective of activities in this field is to create a broad basis for developing top-level, rich, dynamic human resources in the European research system. The actions support structured research training and mobility programmes for early-stage and experienced researchers, the geographic and sectoral transfer of research expertise, the consolidation and extension of career perspectives for researchers, and excellence in European research. All the actions in the field of Human Resources and Mobility are known as "Marie Curie".

Marie Curie Actions comprise four areas:

 Actions designed for host institutions (host-driven actions): Support for institutions introducing structured, comprehensive programmes for research training and cross-border mobility for researchers, as well as for developing and transferring research expertise with a focus on early-stage researchers.

 Actions designed for individual researchers (individual-driven actions): Support for individual, experienced researchers (pre-requisites: completed doctorate or at least four years' research experience) extending and refining their research expertise by spending time researching at institutions abroad.

 Actions promoting and recognising excellence (excellence actions): Support and recognition for exceptional research abilities in Europe by providing support for creating teams of researchers, granting awards, and sponsoring teaching activities.

 Actions relating to return and reintegration (reintegration mechanisms): Support for the professional reintegration of European researchers following a period of European mobility sponsorship or a stay of at least five years in a third country.

In all Marie Curie Actions applicants are free to choose the research or research-training projects proposed. This bottom-up approach offers huge flexibility and there are no prescribed academic disciplines. Thus, in terms of content, for example, Marie Curie Actions are not restricted to the thematic priorities of the specific programme "Strengthening and Integration" in FP6.

Calls for proposals

for all Marie Curie Actions in FP6 were published on 17 December 2002. In total, four application deadlines are planned for each action during FP6. Details of the respective application deadlines as well as the documentation required for application are available according to action. An overview of currently open calls for proposals for Marie Curie Actions is available on CORDIS .

Information and advice

on the Marie Curie Actions in FP6 can be given by your respective National Contact Point for Human Resources and Mobility.


Up-dated version of the Work Programme "Human Resources and Mobility"
Here you can download an up-dated version of the work programme "Human Resources and Mobility" (September 2004 version).