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Wim's notes on possible EC funding

The international interest in E-ALFA is evident: e.g., among the 65 E-ALFA consortia members who are presently registered on its website, 22 are working at an astronomical Institute in the European Union, representing a total of 11 Institutes in 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).

The European Commission, within its Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), covering the period 2004-2008, has funds for various kinds of projects. The most appropriate for the E-ALFA project appears to be the inclusion of research themes related to it in a Research Training Network of European Institutes.

The main purpose of such Networks is the employment of postdocs, which do not necessarily need to be citizens of a European Union country. The proposal for a Network can include other research themes as well. In practice, at most a dozen Institutes can form a Network and employ about a dozen postdocs in total.

There are in principle different options for the employment of postdocs under the FP6 Marie Curie Actions: Host-driven-actions (Marie Curie Research Training Networks, etc.), Individual-driven actions (Marie Curie Individual Fellowships) and Excellence promotion and recognition (Marie Curie Excellence Grants, etc.). The different options will be investigated.

Information on the FP6 and the Marie Curie Actions can be found on the website of CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service.



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