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    COFUND: A Swiss Success Story

    Switzerland was exceptionally successful in the Marie Curie "COFUND" scheme in FP7. The European Commission introduced this scheme at the beginning of FP7 and Switzerland, together with Spain and Ireland, quickly became one of the biggest beneficiaries. During FP7, 619 fellowships were funded by Swiss-based COFUND programmes.

    A Chance for your Career – Individual Fellowships

    The Individual Fellowships are among the best-known and most popular schemes of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), and contribute largely to this very well-known brand. The fellowships were initially intended to bridge the gap that existed in many national funding landscapes between doctoral funding possibilities and stable research jobs such as professorships. However, facing the challenges of a global world, the fellowships nowadays are there to help "ensure the optimum development and dynamic use of Europe’s intellectual capital in order to generate new skills, knowledge and innovation", according to the MSCA Work Programme.

     
     
    "We Should Continue Producing Excellent Scientific Results"

    Alessandra Luchetti has been Head of Department for "Excellent Science" at the Research Executive Agency (REA) since 2015. Before, she was Head of Unit for "Research Careers; Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions" in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Alessandra has worked in Brussels since 1994, where she joined the European Commission (EC) as a project officer. She has a degree in agronomy from the University of Perugia, Italy.


    Input for the Third Strategic Programme of Horizon 2020

    The European Commission has published a foresight report in preparation for the third strategic programme of Horizon 2020, covering the years 2018-2020. The report also looks beyond Horizon 2020. Although this report has not been advertised publicly, it is a document for strategic use, outlining the most important challenges for the years to come.

     

    Society and Enterprise Panel: SMEs Welcome

    This year, in addition to opportunities for SMEs in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN and RISE schemes, the European Fellowships will offer a "Society and Enterprise" (SE) panel, which has an earmarked budget of €10 million for all non-academic workplaces of researchers. These include not only SMEs but also government or cultural institutions like museums. If an SME wishes to host a researcher at postdoctoral level, they can apply to this panel within the European Fellowships.

     
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