Information from SOS 5 April 2013

Funding opportunities

Marie Curie Research Fellowships

Calls for applications for Marie Curie Research Fellowships have been posted on March 14, 2013.

This is the last stage of the 7th Framework Programme. More grants will be financed this year than ever before because the financial resources available are the greatest since the FP7 was launched.

You can see the open calls here:

For a short introduction to the different instruments, see here. (You can change the language in the drop down menu in the upper right corner.)

Support Office, Science will be prepared to provide interested researchers with all the support needed in order to prepare their proposals. Please contact EU-funding advisor Lone L. Laursen (, or Advisor Helen Korsgaard ( or Kjersti Øverland ( A preliminary indication of interest will be highly appreciated as this will give SOS an idea of the time that should be allocated for support on Marie Curie applications.

Deadlines are August 14, 2013.

Newsletter from Brussels
1st edition of “Brussels Science News for University of Southern Denmark” is here.

Brussels Science News for University of Southern Denmark is a monthly newsletter targeting SDU researchers, scientists, management and staff. The newsletter will focus information on funding options, network events and partnership possibilities in the EU.

The Danish Council for Independent Research:
MOBILEX mobility grant

The MOBILEX programme is created to meet the need for internationalization of the independent research in Denmark. The grant is aimed at both Danish and international researchers, and the programme is launched with financial support from the FP7. The funding shall be beneficial to both Danish and European research. It is possible to apply for a Marie Curie fellowship alongside a Mobilex grant.

The grant
The Mobilex programme is offered once per year (spring) in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The grants are offered for 24 months, and will amount to maximum 2.5 million DKK, including overhead. Twenty-six mobility grants will be offered in 2013. Applications will be evaluated with external peer review.
A Mobilex grant shall commence at the end of the 1st quarter at latest. DFF prefers that the project starts in January. Successful applicants will be informed on September 30, and in principle a project may start already in October.

The applicant
Within the Mobilex mobility programme, DFF is looking very closely at the applicant’s CV.
The applicant needs to fulfil two conditions: The PhD degree must be completed before the application deadline, and the applicant must not have stayed for more than 12 months in the country of the host institution during the last three years.
“Early career” is not defined precisely, since DFF does not wish to set too many restrictions. However, this grant is basically not intended for scientists on the level of associate professors and above, even though they may well be in the beginning of their career.
The applicant may be employed at a Danish university or at the foreign institution. There are several models, each of which has advantages and disadvantages for the researcher. It is not an evaluation criterion whether or not the applicant is planning to return to Denmark again after the 24 months abroad, or whether or not the applicant is hired at a Danish institution; which is entitled to receive 44% overhead from DFF.

The host institution
The applicant must be affiliated with a foreign host institution for 24 months, and it should be the same host institution during the whole period. This does not mean that the applicant cannot stay anywhere else for 24 months, but that he or she can only have one host institution. It is not a demand that the applicant is already hired at another institution.
DFF pays a lot of attention to the cooperation between the applicant and the host institution, and it is important that the applicant clarifies the nature of the cooperation in his/her application. How is the cooperation carried out? What are the benefits of the cooperation?
The host institution shall write a statement (maximum one page) that underpins that the host institution is clearly interested in the applicant and the applicant’s project. This statement is important. The project’s expected outcome should be included in the statement, and the statement should preferably be signed by the host institution’s head of department.

The host institution can be included as a “partner” in the budget, and the project costs may include the tuition, conferences, computer, laboratory access, etc. The host institution shall be compensated for hosting the applicant. Compensation shall be included in the budget as the project’s running costs. Co-financing is not a demand.

- FSS: 24 April 2013, at 10PM
- FTP: 3 May 2013, at 10PM
- FNU: 6 May 2013, at 10PM

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