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Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
This Marie Curie scheme has been introduced in FP7 and supports existing or new regional, national and international funding schemes that comply with the aims of the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships. The target group of the scheme are public bodies which fund and manage fellowship programmes as well as international organisations, research organisations and research funding bodies that offer fellowships to experienced researchers (even shortly after obtaining their PhD).
Three types of fellowships will be taken into account for co-funding by the European Commission:
Research stays in other EU Member States, Associated Countries or Third Countries (preferably with an obligatory return phase to Europe) for citizens of EU Member States/Associated Countries
Research stays in other EU Member States/Associated Countries for participants from Third Countries
Reintegration of researchers from EU Member States/Associated Countries, who have spent at least 3 out of the last 4 years in a Third Country
The co-funded fellowships should support the participating researchers in achieving or strengthening an independent position by acquiring multi- and interdisciplinary skills or intersectoral experience. The selection process of the fellows should be based on international peer-review and follow the standards of the European Charta for Researchers.
The co-funded fellowships should be broadly advertised and open to all nationalities. Thematic limitations of the fellowships are possible, however it should be avoided to restrict the selection of host institutions.
The European Commission will contribute 40% of the fellowship costs (including salary costs, travel costs, indirect costs etc.), while the maximum contribution per institution is fixed at EUR 10 million. This amount should not substitute or replace existing funding, but enable an increased number of transnational fellowships or the amelioration of working/employment conditions. Programmes will be co-funded for a duration of 2 to 5 years.
Applications for this scheme can only be submitted to the European Commission electronically following a Call for Proposals.
COFUND in brief:
Type of action: Co-financing
Who is qualified: public bodies, research and funding organisations, international organisations that offer fellowship programmes
Requirements: international publication of fellowships, open and transparent selection process, international peer-review; at least one type of transnational mobility (outgoing, incoming, reintegration); normally fellowships only with working contract;
Duration of the funding: 2-5 years
What will be funded: 40% of the fellowship costs, max. EUR 10 million
Application: online at specific deadlines
MC COFUND – Guide for applicants 2013 [en]
Work Programme People 2013 [en]
Marie Curie co-funded fellowship programmes [de] [en]
Flyer Marie Curie COFUND [en]
KoWi Factsheet on Marie Curie COFUND [de] [en]
Marie Curie Actions - Financial Guidelines - Part III (IRSES/COFUND) [en]
Negotiation guidance notes for COFUND projects [en]
Report on Marie Curie COFUND und Individual Fellowships [en]
Annexes to the Report on Marie Curie COFUND und Individual Fellowships [en]