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Openness and Competition in European Research Funding: Grants for International Researchers

Fourth MWP-ACO Conference

San Domenico di Fiesole, 11 November 2009

The creation of a common and open European space for research has become a key competitive factor towards the achievement of the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy. This process implies the free circulation of researchers (the “fifth” EU freedom) and the internationalization of academic careers.

Over the last four years, the Academic Careers Observatory (ACO) of the Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme (MWP) of the European University Institute has been monitoring the development and accessibility of national academic systems, and the different types of fellowships and grants provided by the EU and its Member States.

The target of the ACO is researchers at an early stage of their career in the area of social sciences and humanities (SSH). The 4th MWP-ACO conference will gather together academics, policymakers and representatives of European and national funding agencies to discuss not only how different national systems work, but also to provide practical information on research schemes and grants available to international researchers. 

This information includes how to draft an application properly, the application procedures, success rates of international applicants, and more. Among others, representatives from the European Research Council, the USA National Science Foundation and the French National Research Agency will deliever a speech. In the afternoon, there will be time for individual consultations with the speakers.


Report on the Fourth MWP-ACO Conference


Conference programme


Conference presentations

Ramon Marimon, Director of the Max Weber Programme (presentation)

Luc Soete, United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) (presentation)

Alejandro Martin Hobdey, European Research Council (ERC) (presentation)

Marianne Paasi, European Commission, EUI fellow (presentation)

Tullio Jappelli, University “Federico II” of Naples (presentation)

Rachel Tyrrell, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (presentation)

Frank P. Scioli, National Science Foundation (NSF) (presentation)

Diane Roman, French National Research Agency (ANR) (presentation)

Annette Schmidtmann, German Research Foundation (DFG) (presentation)

Cecilia Cabello Valdés, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) (presentation)

Erika Szendrak, Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices (IGLO) (presentation)

Eili Ervelä-Myréen, Academy of Finland (presentation)

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