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1 Marie Curie Actions at CERN
Seamus Hegarty, HR-TA HR Seminar, 27 February 2014

2 What are they? European research grants
For researchers regardless of nationality or research field Generous research funding from 180 keuro to 10 Meuro Mobility is key CERN = European Interest Organization ~ own country Gain experience abroad in public & private sectors Training with career-relevant competences or disciplines Physics, computing, engineering, life sciences Impact on society

3 Who are they for? Mainly Early Stage Researchers (ESR)
Equivalent to our Junior Fellows With up to 4 years of post-MSc experience Experienced Researchers (ER) Equivalent to our Senior Fellows 4 to 5 years post-MSc experience or PhD Some have more experience (post-docs)

4 How many?

5 What sort of projects? Innovative Training Networks for the ESRs
Fellow, emphasis on PhD, 3 yrs for ESR, 2 yrs for ER Individual Fellowships for ERs (8 FP FP7) Fellow contract 2 years Industry-Academia exchanges COFUND Additional funding for our Fellowship Programme 3-year Fellowship + option to go on special leave

6 How do we secure funding?
For the ITNs The Marie Skłodowska Curie Steering Group Support to proposal writers in the departments For COFUND Scaled-down Steering Group → Fellow Programme Negotiation with Brussels COFUND = a lengthy process of justification of costs

7 What is HR’s role in this?
For departments Support to the Fellows and the managers Recruitment interviews for ITN positions  1500 EDH authorizations in 2013! For Brussels At least one report per year per Grant Agreement Mid-Term Reviews for project assessment = important! Follow up – LinkedIn!

8 What does CERN get out of it?
Additional Fellows that we would not have on budget Excellent researchers → new blood for the future Work on topics of strategic importance to the EC Via contacts in Brussels Involvement in strategic policy development Visibility at the highest level

9 What do the Marie Curies get?
Training, Training, Training! Science & technology: on the job + courses Complementary skills Language, management & communication Outreach experience € € € € € € It’s all about career development

10 Where do they come from? No nationality limitations  but…
Mobility Rule: ≤12 months at CERN in past 36 months At CERN from 3 months to 3 years Since 2004 under FP6 & FP7 442 researchers at CERN (including 185 COFUNDers) North America 11 Central & South America 7 Asia 19 Australasia 1

11 Where do they go? Questionnaire 2012 on FP6 & FP7 (pre-COFUND)
50% academia 32% CERN 2% finishing PhD 2% other fellowship 8% in large-scale industry 6% in small-scale industry First move 38% said Marie Curie Fellowship and/or CERN were good references 62% said research as a Marie Curie was main reason for hiring If moved to another position 31% said Marie Curie Fellowship and/or CERN were good references 64% said research on Marie Curie Actions were main reason for hiring 5% declared no impact as they changed to different field

12 Our opportunities in H2020? New interesting host-driven actions
Substantial budget increase Very good relations with Brussels  COFUND applied to the Doctoral Programme?

13 Our challenges in H2020? ITNs will remain extremely competitive
Too many successive successful COFUNDs… Greater emphasis on innovation, multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial projects Participation of Swiss partners (UniGE, EPFL, etc.)  Receive € / pay CHF according to our Fellow payscale The Mobility Rule will apply to COFUND 


15 Thank you for your attention! Questions?


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