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International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)

Marie Curie's International Research Staff Exchange Scheme helps research organisations to set up or strengthen long-term cooperation with others, through a coordinated exchange programme for their staff.

Who can apply?

Public organisations or private bodies with a public mission (e.g. universities, research centres etc) which carry out research can take part in IRSES. Your proposal must include at least two independent participants in at least two different EU Member States or Associated Countries PLUS one or more organisations located either in countries with which the EU has an S&T Agreement (a science and technology cooperation agreement) or in countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy..

What does the funding cover?

For each staff member from an EU Member State or Associated Country staying in an eligible Third Country, a fixed monthly allowance to cover mobility costs (including travel costs) will be paid by IRSES.

In exceptional cases, the costs of stays in Europe by staff from certain Third Countries may also be covered.

In all cases, the staff must remain employed by their organisations and are expected to return after the mobility period. Grant Agreements with the Commission are signed for a period of 2-4 years. The maximum duration of the individual staff exchanges will be 12 months.

Which topics can be funded?

Proposals are welcomed from all areas of scientific and technological research that are of interest to the EU with the exception of research areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty. Who decides?

IRSES proposals are selected in an open competition. Selection is through transparent, independent peer review, based on excellence using a series of predetermined criteria.

IRSES Co-investment Funding

The Department of Science and Technology is able to support South African participants (a maximum of three persons per project per year) in FP7 IRSES projects. Find out more about IRSES Co-investment Funding.

More information

IRSES website

  European Commission