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Information Session on EU funding for Postdocs, Göttingen, 14 March 2014


The EU Office of the University of Göttingen in cooperation with the KoWi (European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations) organizes an information session on EU funding for postdocs, taking place in Göttingen.

It deals with

  • the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and
  • the European Research Council (ERC) .

The announcement:

“The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Research Council (ERC) are both part of pillar I of Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), “Excellent Science”.

The aim of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is the qualitative and quantitative strengthening of the human capital in research and technology in Europe as well as the career development for innovative researchers. Mobility continues to be a key requirement. Researchers will receive funding by broadening or deepening their competencies in another country.

For postdocs, the MSCA programme provides fellowships within Europe and in Third Countries (Individual Fellowships, IF):

  • European Fellowships (EF): Support experienced researchers (usually postdocs) in further developing their career by financing a research project at a host institution in an EU Member State or Associated Country.

Within the EF there will be both a separate multidisciplinary panel for return/reintegration and career restart-cases. The former Career Integration Grants (CiG) have thus been promoted to fellowship status.

  • Global Fellowships (GF): Support the international career of researchers by giving them the opportunity to conduct a research project in a host institution located in a Third Country (e.g. USA, Canada, Japan)

The European Research Council (ERC) supports innovative frontier research in Europe through open competition. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence both of the project and of the Principal Investigator (PI). The ERC’s funding schemes cover all scientific fields across all established disciplinary boundaries. In particular, interdisciplinary or pioneering proposals addressing emerging fields and introducing unconventional (“high risk – high gain”) approaches are encouraged.

We will focus on two of the four funding schemes within the ERC:

  • Starting Grants: For promising junior scientists of any nationality at the beginning of an independent research career (PhD awarded between 2 and 7 years prior to the publication date of the respective call)
  • Consolidator Grants: For promising scientists of any nationality who want to consolidate their research career (PhD awarded between 7 and 12 years prior to the publication date of the respective call)

The information session will take place in the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (SUB) on 14. March 2014 from 10.00 – 12.30
(details here: Programme EU funding for postdocs_14-03-2014).

The session will be held in English and is free of charge.

For registration please contact by March 7, 2014 at the latest.”

Author: Katrin Wodzicki

Hi, I am Katrin, the coordinator of the GGNB Career Service Unit.

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