Step 4: Looking for financial support
You are ready to think about possible grants. Below some possibilities to find a grant :
1. Initiatives from European Union
The European Union has a special program for training and mobility of researchers (called Marie Curie actions). It offers individual grants such as Intra-European Individual fellowships for Career development (IEF), Career integration Grants (CIG), European Reintegration Grants (ERG), International reintegration Grants (IRG), Cofunding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND), International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF), International Incoming Fellowships (IIF).
You will find a table summarising these possibilities at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/mariecurieactions/guide_en.html
For more information on these grants, we recommend you consult the work programme of Marie Curie actions, and you check that you fulfil the necessary conditions for applying to.
Theses documents are available at:
On these pages, you will find practical information on each Marie Curie actions including guidance on how to apply for funding, information on progress of calls for proposals, evaluation and funding decisions. This site provides also answers to questions frequently encountered, news and information on upcoming events.
You can also contact your National Contact Point for Marie Curie actions, which is the main provider of advice and individual assistance in all Members States and Associated States to the FP7, at: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/mariecurieactions/ncp_en.html
You can also consult the networking EURAXESS at http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/
EURAXESS is a networking tool for European researchers abroad. It provides information about research in Europe, European research policy, opportunities for research funding, for international collaboration and for trans-national mobility. Membership is free.
2. Other initiatives
Other possibilities of grant can be available in each country for foreigners coming to the country :information can be find from website on fellowships from
- Public Research Institutes
- Regional institutions
- International program: The human Frontier Science Program HFSP at http://www.hfsp.org
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassies of each country (fellowships between ministry of Foreign Affairs and equivalent ministry in other countries)
- For instance http://www.egide.asso.fr/jahia/Jahia/accueil/appels/phc/appelphc
- or Eiffel scholarships for Master and PhD students http://www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel
- Private institutions such as association or foundation
Fondation Fyssen at http://www.fondationfyssen.fr/boursesetude_oa.htm
European Science Foundation at http://www.esf.org/activities.html
A new possibilty for grants from private institutions such as association or foundation
- Fondation Fyssen at http://www.fondationfyssen.fr/boursesetude_oa.htm
- European Science Foundation at http://www.esf.org/activities.html
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare UFAW at http://www.ufaw.org.uk/grants.php
These websites provide information on programs for exchanges of researchers and financial helps for researchers. For instance for foreigner coming in France, look at http://www.francecontact.net/index.htm
3. Writing your application for a financial support
- We draw your attention to the fact that most of the grants need you to have already a research project.
- Before writing your application for any grant, make sure that you get the adequate forms and read carefully the instructions to applicants.
- For Marie Curie actions, you must have consulted the handbook related to the fellowship grant you foreseen at http://cordis.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/manage.htm
- For the other possibilities consult the webpage of financial institution or host institutions.
- To write and send your proposal, you can either download the forms or fill in them on-line, according to the type of fellowship grant.