Sixth Framework Programme

Marie Curie Actions

 

EU Research Training Network CODY

Conformal Structures and Dynamics

Research Training Networks
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Recruitment

Who can apply

Definition of young researchers

Early Stage Researchers (ESR) are sometimes called pre-doc. They are defined in Article III.1 of Annex III :

Early stage researchers : means researchers in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research activity, including the period of research training, since gaining a university (or equivalent institution of higher education) degree giving access to doctoral studies in the country in which the degree was obtained (the degree must entitle the holder to embark on doctoral studies, without having to acquire any further qualifications) and who have not yet obtained a doctoral degree.

Experienced Researchers (ER) are sometimes called post-doc. They are defined in Article III.1 of Annex III :

Experienced researchers : means researchers having at least 4 but no more than 10 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) since gaining a university degree giving them access to doctoral studies (the degree must entitle the holder to embark on doctoral studies, without having to acquire any further qualifications) in the country in which the degree was obtained or already in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it.

General information

For general information, on who can apply, on criteria for eligibility and how they work, look at the chapter of the Handbook of RTN:

Which individual researchers can be funded?

Detailed information

For complete and detailed information, see the official document of EC commission: AnnexIII.

Selection of researchers, eligibility

1. The researchers will be selected according to the objectives of the project.

2. Criteria for eligibility of the researcher (s):

To be eligible, each researcher must simultaneously fulfil the following criteria at the time of appointment by the contractor concerned in the frame of this project .

a) Nationality

The researcher must be a national of a Member State of the Community , of an Associated State or of a third country within the limits set out in Article III.2.1.a).

A researcher from a third country having legally resided or/and having had his/her main activity in the Community or in Associated State (s) for at least 4 years (in total) out of the last five years immediately prior to his/her appointment is treated as a national of the Member State or Associated State in which he/she has resided for the longest period.

b) Mobility

The researcher shall not be a national of a State in which the contractor ’s research team appointing him/her is located.

In the case of a researcher holding more than one nationality, he/she will be able to be hosted by a contractor located in the country of his/her nationality in which (s)he has not resided during the previous 5 years.

At the time of appointment, the researcher may not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the contractor for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her appointment. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

As an exception to the general rule, a researcher holding the nationality from a Member State or an Associated Candidate State can carry out his/her researcher human resources and mobility activities in his/her country of nationality if s/he can provide evidence testifying that s/he has legally resided and had his/her main activity in a third country for at least four of the last five years immediately prior to his/her appointment.

A researcher from a third country cannot carry out his/her researcher human resources and mobility activities in a third country .

A researcher who is a national of a Member Sate of the Community or an Associated State can only be appointed by a research team of a contractor located in a third country if it is essential for the project and with prior approval of the Commission .

These mobility rules do not apply when a researcher is appointed by an international European interest organisation , an international organisation or the JRC .

c) Qualifications and research experience

The researcher must fulfil the requirements associated with one of the following categories:

- Early stage researchers as defined in Article III.1.

-Experienced researchers as defined in Article III.1.

3. Criteria for eligibility of the researcher human resources and mobility activities

a) Duration

The researcher can be involved under the project to benefit from the researcher human resources and mobility activities for a duration of at least 3 months up to a maximum of 36 months.

The overall cumulative training received as an early stage researcher within the framework of Marie Curie Host Fellowships for Early Stage Research Training and Marie Curie Research Training Networks cannot exceed 48 months (full-time equivalent).

The researcher must devote him/herself full-time to his/her researcher human resources and mobility activities. Only for duly justified reasons associated with personal or family circumstances, may the researcher be allowed to devote him/herself part-time to his/her researcher human resources and mobility activities.

The researcher human resources and mobility activities can be split in several stays not exceeding 36 months in total and not going beyond the project duration. The duration of each phase shall have significance for the researcher human resources and mobility activities and form a coherent part of them or be justified on grounds of family reasons of the researcher .