FAQ

This page aims to answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about the programme. Click on the questions below to reveal the answer.

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Can I apply for more than one Host Organisation?
Answer:

You may only submit one application in each Call. However you can submit an application that involves working with more than one Host Organisation provided they both agree and it is clear which will be your main employer during your Fellowship. You can also be seconded to another organisation for a maximum of three months in any 12-month period, which may be a good way of gaining industrial experience and enhancing your research skills.

When can I submit my application?
Answer:

The programme has three Calls for applications. You must submit your application online and can do this at any point between the opening and closing dates of the call. Applications cannot be submitted outside these time windows, but you are strongly encouraged to work on your project idea in advance of the next Call dates in order to be able to submit the best possible application.

I already have a Marie Curie Fellowship. Can I use CASCADE-FELLOWS money to top it up?
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No, as a CASCADE-FELLOWS Fellow you will also be a Marie Curie Fellow. It is only permissible to hold one Marie Curie Fellowship at a time.

I am from a country outside the EEA. Can I take part in the programme?
Answer:

Yes. You are classified as a ‘Third Country’ citizen and can therefore apply for incoming mobility working with a Host Organisation that is an EU Member State or Associated Country. However you are NOT eligible to apply for a Host Organisation located in another Third Country. For example, we are unable to fund an Australian citizen to work in the USA.

If I apply for a host organization outside the EU will i have a return phase as with an IOF Marie Curie to a European Country?
Answer:

At present the programme does not allow for a specific re-integration phase, as the scheme is not identical to the Marie Curie IOF or IEF. If your Host Organisation is amenable, however, it may be possible for you to negotiate the final three months of your Fellowship as a secondment with an EU-based organisation.

Are UK nationals allowed to apply?
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There is no nationality restriction, only a residency and mobility requirement. So UK nationals can apply provided their Host Organisation is outside the UK and they have not lived or carried out their main activity (research, work or study) in their destination country for more than 12 months in the three years up to the call deadline.

Can I apply for a Fellowship for less than 12 months?
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No. To be eligible for the programme your research project must last between 12 and 24 months.

I don’t have a PhD. Can I take part in the programme?
Answer:

Yes, provided you can demonstrate that you have the equivalent of four years’ research experience at a suitable level. You should make this clear in your application.

I already work for one of the programme Host Organisations, what can I apply for?
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You can apply to work at another Host Organisation in the programme which is located in another country (transnational mobility), or to work in a non-partner organisation. You cannot apply to work at another Host Organisation in the same country as your current employment, unless you have worked there for less than 12 months in the past three years. 

Is the scheme open to US citizens?
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Yes, US citizens can apply provided their research proposal is with a host organisation in the EU or an Associated Country. You must not have worked in your host organisation's country for more than 12 months in the three years before the closing date of the Call.

What will I be paid?
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You will receive a salary (the exact figure will depend on the country your Host Organisation is in, see the Handbook for Applicants in the downloads section of this site for exact figures) plus a monthly travel/mobility allowance (€500 per month if you have no dependents, €700 if you have dependents). Your Host Organisation will also make a fixed allowance of €8900 available to cover your research costs, but they cannot use this to pay for equipment or to cover the salaries of technicians or other staff to help you in your research.

When will I know if my application has been successful?
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The evaluation process takes place in the four months following the close of the Call. The Programme Office will inform you about the outcome of your application after the final selection board meeting, which cannot take place until all the individual evaluations of proposals have been received.

Can I apply for a fellowship in the same lab where I did my PhD? And in the same country where I am from?
Answer:

You can only apply for a fellowship in your home country if you have been working in another country for the past 3 years. This would count as a reintegration fellowship. Similarly, you can apply to the lab where you did your PhD if you have been working in another country for at least the past 3 years.

Can I apply for both a Marie Curie fellowship and the CASCADE fellowship in the same round of applications?
Answer:

You can apply for both fellowships at the same time but please note that in the event of both applications being successful, you can only hold one Marie Curie fellowship at a time. You can, however, hold more than one in succession, so it might be possible to arrange for your CASCADE-FELLOWS project to finish before an Individual Fellowship starts.

Which are the Associated Countries?
Answer:

The formal list of non-EU member states formally associated to the FP7 funding programme. These are currently Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Republic of Moldova. See ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/third_country_agreements_en.pdf for information about the legal basis of the association.

Any country not one of the 28 EU member states or Associated Countries is defined as a 'Third Country'.

What will be the joining date if my application is successful? What can be the total duration?
Answer:

If we offer you a fellowship you must respond with your acceptance within 7 days. You must then take up your post within the next six months. Your fellowship can be 12-24 months in duration.

Can I include a secondment as part of my fellowship?
Answer:

Periods of secondment are encouraged as long as these are planned in your application, you can show how they will enhance your research and personal development and your Host Organisation is happy to continue to employ you while you are away. You may apply for secondments lasting a maximum of three months in any 12 month period (so for a 24-month fellowship this can be for a maximum of 6 months).
 

What is deadline to submit letter of confirmation of support by Host organization?
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You must submit the letter of support showing that your Host Organisation will provide the necessary 60% matched funding before we can make a formal offer of funding. You are strongly encouraged to submit this with your application and we must see it before the end of the formal evaluation process.

We would like to be a Host Organisation for the programme. What will it cost us?
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The programme is free to join, there is no entry or registration fee involved. You need to be able to demonstrate that you have the facilities and people to support your Fellow's research at an appropriate level, and that you will employ him or her on a regular contract of employment.

As with other types of Marie Curie Fellows, salary costs are fixed by the programme. We can pay a 40% contribution to salary, mobility and research costs which are worked out from a set of standard base figures and adjusted according to the country you are based in. For exact figures, please contact sandra.winfield@nottingham.ac.uk.