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European Union FP7 International Incoming Fellowships (IFF) Now Open to NSTDA Researchers

December 20, 2010

What are International Incoming Fellowships (IFF)?
International Incoming Fellowships are designed to give researchers from outside of Europe an opportunity to work on research projects in Europe.  This helps to develop research cooperation between Europe and other parts of the world-to everybody’s benefit.

What is the aim of the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships?
This program is designed to attract top-class experienced researchers from outside of Europe to work and undertake research in Europe for 1 to 2 years (incoming phase), with a view to developing mutually-beneficial research co-operation. There is also the possibility of financial support on your return to Thailand for up to 1 year. 

Who can apply?
Researchers from Thailand are eligible for an IIF. To apply, you must have either a doctorate degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. But that is the minimum. The more experience you have, the better will be your chances of being accepted.  Your application must be submitted in liaison with the organization or institution that would be willing to host you in Europe. Host organizations can be universities, research centres or companies.

Which research topics are supported?
Most areas of scientific and technological research with the exception of nuclear research covered under the EU “Euratom” treaty, are eligible  for IIF funding. 

How does it work?
Proposals are submitted jointly with a “host” organisation in Europe and you as the researcher. You, the researcher, develops the proposal in cooperation with a European partner. Eligible proposals are evaluated by external independent experts against a series of predetermined criteria. Financial support will be provided to the selected proposals for a period of 12 to 24 months full-time equivalent (plus, if applicable, an eventual return phase of 12 months).

What does the funding cover?
IIF funding is provided for a research project which will transfer knowledge into your host organization e.g. NSTDA and build or enhance collaborations between Europe and the rest of the world. The research project will also allow you to advance your career. Financial support is provided for 12-24 months (full-time equivalent). Funding may also be provided which will cover your expenses on returning to Thailand for up to a year.

What does the funding allow you to do?
Funding allows you to:
-join a European research team that doesn’t have your experience
-establish a collaboration through a research project with your lab and your country
-gain new knowledge in a European lab

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

How much funding is involved per fellowship?
The European Union's contribution depends on several parameters including level of experience and family situation, the country where the host organisation is established i.e. Thailand and whether it is a laboratory based project or not.

How to apply?
The Call for proposals is now open. Proposals need to be developed in cooperation with a European partner.  The deadline is August 17, 2010. Details can be found here:

More information
Please contact Khun Patomporn at the NSTDA IC Office
tel: 662 564 7000 ext 71535


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