Excerpts from the Handbook of Marie Curie Research Training Networks (RTNs)
Available at http://europa.eu.int/mariecurie-actions
“Early-stage researchers are defined as researchers in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research activity, including the period of research training.
The reference period to qualify for an early stage training activity:
- is counted from the diploma giving 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 diploma was obtained,
- covers the first 4 years of experience in research or the period until a doctoral degree is obtained, whichever is shorter.
Persons who have obtained a doctorate are ineligible for the early stage actions, independently of the time taken to acquire it.”
“Experienced researchers are defined as researchers having at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) since gaining a university diploma 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/diploma was obtained or researchers already in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it.”
“Researchers with more than 10 years of research experience (full-time equivalent), counting from the time the degree/diploma was obtained and giving access to embark on a doctorate in the country where it was awarded, will not be eligible for selection.”
“Researchers must be nationals of a State other than that of the host organisation. At the start of their fellowship/activity, researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account”
“Participation and funding of researchers from third countries is foreseen in Marie Curie Research Training Networks. However, they can not carry out their transnational mobility in third countries. In the case of Research Training Networks, a maximum of 30 % of the number of funded researcher-months can be used for third country researchers. This percentage could be exceeded in exceptional cases under the condition that the excess is duly justified as being essential to attain the objectives of the action. For multi-partner contracts [such as Research Training Networks], participating organisations must have a common selection policy in order to avoid exceeding this limit.”
“For the purpose of the Marie Curie actions, non-nationals from Member States or Associated States having legally resided and having had their main activity (work, studies etc) for at least four of the last five years at the start of their fellowship in Member States/Associated States are treated as nationals of the Member/ State in which they have resided the longest….”