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EU Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Program Individual Fellowships (IF) Tips

Updated on December 15, 2016

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Fellowship Overview

So, you want to get money from the European Commission (EU) by applying for one of the Marie Curie schemes, but you need expert advice. I have been working as an independent expert evaluating these schemes for over 10 years, so I should be able to help you. You can also use the comments section below to get help from your peers.

All three schemes (IEF, IOF, IIF) have similar criteria, which are given at the end of this article along with my explanations as to what you have to write in order to meet these criteria. I also explain some of the important, mostly misunderstood, sub-criteria to help you understand exactly what the Commission wants. In addition, I have included a table for scores at the end of the text, submitted by unverified users so people will have an idea on approximate scores.

But first, what's different about the three schemes is their objectives. If you want to write a successful proposal, you have to write it according to these objectives, and modify it to fit these objectives exactly.

Objective of the Three Schemes

IEF: The objectives of the IEF scheme aim for these Fellowships to allow the most promising researchers from EU and Associated Countries to undertake training through research in the European organizations most appropriate to their individual needs. The researchers may freely choose the topic in collaboration with the host, with a view to completing or diversifying his/her expertise. The IEF action is aimed at experienced researchers and hopes to respond to their particular needs. Its intention is to help researchers add different/complementary scientific competencies in the process of reaching and/or reinforcing a position of professional maturity and independence (e.g. advanced training in multi-disciplinary fields, advanced training related to an interdisciplinary transfer, intersectoral experiences at senior level), or to permit them to resume their career.

This means that if the researcher was pregnant, or had to leave science for a career in industry, but wants to come back to science, that's a priority researcher according to the objectives. The action permits the researchers to undertake transnational mobility in the European organisations most appropriate to their individual needs, directed towards competence diversification, without providing merely a subsequent step to continue their work in the same research field. In other words, the proposed project should be something that diversifies the career of the researcher.

IOF: The IOF scheme Fellowships are awarded to researchers from EU and Associated Countries to work in established third country research centers, thereby widening their international experience in research. This scheme requires the submission of a coherent individual training program, involving a first phase abroad, followed by a mandatory second phase in Europe. This action, open towards the rest of the world, aims to respond to the need for reinforcing the international dimension of the careers of European researchers by giving them the opportunity to be trained and acquire new knowledge in a world level third country research organization, and then to apply the experience gained in an organization in a Member State or Associated States.

IIF: And finally, the IIF scheme Fellowships aim to attract top-class researchers from third countries to work and undertake research training in Europe, with the view to developing mutually-beneficial research co-operation between Europe and third countries. In the case of emerging and transition economies and developing countries, the scheme may include provisions to assist fellows to return to their country of origin. This action reinforces the scientific excellence of the Member States and the Associated States thanks to the application of the knowledge thus transferred during this period of mobility. Additionally, this will also constitute a springboard for the future development of relations between the Member States or Associated States and the third countries.

All of the schemes have to be relevant to one or more of the specific objectives of the action. Potential for acquiring competencies during the fellowship to improve the prospects of reaching and/or reinforcing a position of professional maturity, diversity and independence, in particular through exposure to complementary skills training is important. The proposal should emphasize contribution to career development or re-establishment where relevant.

For international fellowships, potential for creating long term collaborations and mutually beneficial co-operation between Europe and the third country should be emphasized.
For incoming fellowships, contribution to the socio-economic development of the Developing Countries or emerging and transition economies by transfer of knowledge and human capacity building (where appropriate) should be written in detail. The extent to which the research contributes to the objectives of the European Research Area or other European policy objectives are very important as this section makes up a high percentage of the total score.

Below are the criteria I mentioned at the top of the article.

Criteria Weighting Threshold

In all the criteria, telling a story will help you succeed. Stating facts can easily be accomplished by using tables. One other thing is that you need to answer these sub-criteria with project specific answers, as opposed to using generic sentences.

1. Scientific Quality of the Project 25% (Threshold 3)

In this criterion, it is important to mention interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects of the proposal and emphasize how it is multidisciplinary with convincing arguments. The proposer should explain why the proposed research is timely, in other words, why it must be done now. This section needs to explain how the host has sufficient scientific expertise in this specific field and should prove that the host is very high quality. This can be done by mentioning publications, patents etc. Publications in journals like Science and Nature are major boosts. This section has a high percentage of the weighted score, so it is important to spend a good amount of time and attention on it.

2. Quality of Research Training 15% (Threshold 3)

This section should convince the expert reviewer that the fellow knows what he is going to learn, and is aware of the learning objectives. Complementary skills must be mentioned here. These are things like grant writing, paper writing, presentation skills, etc. You have to show that the host scientists have plenty of experience in training graduate students, including post docs. Percentage of this section is low, but a score lower than the threshold will fail your proposal, so be sure to address all the sub-criteria here carefully.

3. Quality of the Researcher 25% (Threshold 4)

The fellow must convince the experts that he/she has sufficient experience in the subject. This can be accomplished by mentioning his/her accomplishments up to this point in his/her career. This is followed by the most important sub-criterion in this section: research results including publications, teaching, and patents. I am not going to sugarcoat it, it is a major boost to your proposal if you have a high number of publications in high quality journals. This depends on your level of experience, so if you have been in science for 10 years, then you must have more publications compared to someone who has been in science for two years. This is quite important and may increase or decrease your points.

You have to write something specific about yourself that indicates that you have independent thinking and leadership qualities. This can be accomplished by telling a story on how you did something by yourself, or how you lead students or some other group. In short, anything that will convince the experts that you have independent thinking and leadership qualities will do.

Additionally, your profile needs to match the project, but this does not mean that you should do the exact same thing as your masters or Ph.D. You need to diversify your subject, yet it should fit your profile. If the project is a subsequent step in your career, that's bad.

The project should provide you with the potential to reach a position of professional maturity. In other words, if you are one step away from professional maturity and this project will provide you with that ability, that's great. This could be by providing you with something that will complement your knowledge so that you will gain independence, for example. You also have to write something regarding your potential to acquire new knowledge, to illustrate that you will learn and gain new knowledge by completing this project.

4. Implementation 15%

This section has to illustrate the host's infrastructure and international collaborations. You have to write how you can accomplish the proposed research using the host's facilities and if they are enough. It is usually a bad idea to write that you will do only part of the research with the host and will have to go somewhere else to perform some other part of the research.

Also consider these questions in this section:

  • What will the host do to make you feel at home?
  • Will you have visa or other legal problems or will they take care of that?
  • What are other practical arrangements?

Important Note: You must include a GANTT Chart here. This is a very important step that a lot of people leave out in their work plan.

5. Impact 20%

This section used to have the highest percentage in earlier years, and it is still high with 20 percent. You must also include complementary skills here in addition to the training section. You have to illustrate your potential for reaching a position of professional maturity, diversity, and independence. How will you be trained in complementary skills, and how will it help you in professional maturity and independence?

Writing about contribution to career development is required and it is very important, as I mentioned at the top of the article. If you left science and want to come back, the European Commission wants you back! This aspect should increase your chances significantly. If this project will make a significant contribution to your career, that's great also.

Contribution to European excellence and European competitiveness must be convincingly illustrated and must be specific to your project. In other words, don't fill it out with generic sentences.

2010 Scores As Submitted By Unverified Users

(click column header to sort results)
Call  
Panel  
List  
Nick  
Score  
IEF
ENV
B
REALIST
88.6
IEF
ENV
B
Nano
88.8
IEF
ENV
B (9th)
JW
88.5
IEF
ENV
C
LEO
85.0
IEF
ENV
B
R1
88.2
IEF
ENV
B (cutoff)
Granada
88.9
IOF
ENV
B
C
90.9
IEF
ENV
C
Hilly Billy
88.0
IEF
SOC
B
ra
89.2
IEF
SOC
B
Rob
89.90
IEF
SOC
B
Tom
89.2
IEF
SOC
B
nara
88.9
IEF
SOC
B
fingerscrossed
89.90
IEF
SOC
B
afg
89.40
IEF
SOC
B
ozon
88.80
IEF
SOC
B
Trowel
88.50
IEF
LIFE
B (41st/46)
MD
87.7
IIF
PHY
B
Roman-br
88.5
IIF
CHE
B
sansun
90.5
IOF
LIFE
B
MelenudoPorElMundo
88.40
IOF
CHE
B
RobbieG
91.1
This information is submitted by unverified users and it is intended to give an idea of the list of 2010 only, and cannot be used for legal purposes.

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    • trying hard 3 hours ago

      I guess among all.. social sciences is the most competitive with a high passing mark. Good luck all. By the way, will Brexit affect the budget allocation too?

    • Cec 4 hours ago

      I wanted to thank you guys for lots of interesting informations, and for making me smile in a very tense period... I am also waiting and refreshing the website every 2 hours. And I am also not sure I will survive to the weekend :-).

      Good luck everyone, and please, continue to discuss/write - it helps!

    • Leakey 5 hours ago

      DWK, thanks

    • 123 6 hours ago

      Guys, let me conjecture the date to be 23 or 24 based on the following message,

      "Due to maintenance activities Participant Portal services may be unavailable for short periods of time during Sunday, 22nd of January, between 10:00 and 18:00 (CET).

      We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. "

      1. I didn't see all the "Participant Portal services" being unavailable for such a long time-window, especially never for "submission" as well. They use to say that "submission" will not be affected.

      2. Eight hour working (even though they claim to occupy short periods in between) window on Sunday really means that its urgent !

      so be ready :)

    • RS 7 hours ago

      who will not survive to the week-end?

      Good luck guys!

    • DWK 8 hours ago

      @Leakey

      In case of 2014 call, the result was announced on 5 Feb 2015.

      Last year, it was 22 Jan.

    • IF-SOC 8 hours ago

      seem like SOC stream going to get higher passing mark to get the fund and indeed competitive.

    • cy 8 hours ago

      I just noticed the website will be under maintenance on sunday - there have been series of maintenance these days and i guess they are getting ready for next week release. I saw some where that last year success rate was 17percent. So about 1/6 or so in general; the odds are really high. I have the strong feeling that 23rd or 25 will be the day. I dont know how to endure this weekend as i'm practically refreshing the portal every minute. I hate to wait for things especially now that my brain is already treating it as though i will get it. I cant imagine the pain that this will cause in the event it comes negative. i come here to read and comment because it helps me to vent and also get consoled by your comments. Good luck guys!

    • sven 8 hours ago

      Did anyone of you contacted your NCP in order to to know the results date? Would they give it if asked?

    • DWK 8 hours ago

      @Helen

      The following is what I got from NCP, last year.

      ​Panel, ​Retained List, Reserve List, and Success Rate (%)

      - European Fellowships

      ​CHE ​90.8 ​89.4 14

      ​ECO ​89.8 87 14.1

      ​ENG ​90.6 89.4 ​14.1

      ​ENV 91.2 90.4 14.1

      ​LIF 92.4 91.4 14.1

      ​MAT 91 90 13.8

      ​PHY 91.2 90.4 ​14.2

      ​SOC 92.2 90.8 14.3

      ​CAR 91.2 90 13.8

      ​RI 92.2 91 14.6

      - Global Fellowships

      ​CHE 94 92.6 10.3

      ​ECO 94 89.4 13.6

      ​ENG ​93.8 92.8 10.8

      ​ENV ​93.6 92.6 10.8

      ​LIF ​93.8 92.6 11.1

      ​MAT 91.6 90.8 10

      ​PHY 93.4 92.4 10.6

      ​SOC ​93.6 93 11.2

    • Leakey 9 hours ago

      Anyone knows when was the annoucement in 2015 or before

    • 123 10 hours ago

      Hey guys, is there a FAQ for 2017 similar to what is at

      http://mariecurieactions.blogspot.it/2016/01/if-20...

      the way it is written "A letter and the Evaluation Summary Report of the call MSCA-IF-2015 will be sent out from the 22nd of January 2016 on to the coordinators", it appears this type of FAQ was available prior to the result announcements ! any idea ??

    • xyz 10 hours ago

      Does anybody know the NCP contact in Spain ? or any news ?

    • Helen 10 hours ago

      What was roughly the success rate last year? Does anyone know? 1/10? I suppose it also varies depending on the panel, i.e. CAR, RI etc. Are there any (official or unofficial) data available?

    • Palette Seyens 16 hours ago

      @ ENV

      But you can support it with simple maths ;)

      2016: Feb 11th - official deadline; Jan 18th - the day when the results announcement date was known; Jan 22nd - results out

      2017: official deadline Feb 14th, which is 11th + 3 days; 18th + 3 would be 21st, but that's Saturday, so probably the announcement date will be known on Jan 23rd and the results will be out on Jan 25th or 26th

      @ xyz: True, this chat is saving my sanity. Thank you all, guys!

    • ENV 24 hours ago

      Good luck to everyone!

      I expect the results after 22 for some reason...

      I can't support this with statistical analysis though

      ; )

    • Cy 27 hours ago

      Did you guys notice that their website was on maintenance since today. It could be that they are doing in in preparation to release the results either tomorrow or early next week. We are almost in 20th. Last year it was 22 jan. Fingers crossed folks..soon we will know our fate. It is difficult to wait..cant concentrate anymore.

    • xo 28 hours ago

      The grades decrease after redress almost always. They do not want to allocate more money or take the grant out of the hands of anybody.

      Last year the results were available today. Any news from the NCPs or Brussels?

    • ENV-IF 30 hours ago

      Is here anyone with experience about redress?

      Does the grade increase or decrease usually after redress?

    • xyz 33 hours ago

      Keep discussing guys. its hard waiting silently :)

    • Lordx 37 hours ago

      I think... After evaluation the reviewers list might be available

    • Palette Seyens 40 hours ago

      @ 123 & Leakey

      I haven't seen the 2016 reviewers list yet. If it's not on the official webpage, then I doubt we can access it from somewhere else.

    • Leakey 2 days ago

      Hi guys, Is the current list of referees published elsewhere?

    • Chy 2 days ago

      Victoria GM: "when are you going to anounce the funded for IF 2016? Thank you"

      Like · Reply · January 16 at 7:19pm

      Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

      Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: "Hi Victoria, there is no official release date, but you can expect to find out about it towards the end of January".

      The above were the conversations i saw on MSCA facebook page. Guess ENV-IF is right, they may likely release the results as from 23 January. I have never been more impatient or expectant for anything as this. Soon we will know whether we shall drink wine or vodka. Fingers crossed, and i wish you all the very best.

    • ENV-IF 2 days ago

      @EDM VDM

      Valentine's Day is the official date for the results release.

      Usually though, the results are being released earlier (Late January or early February).

      I expect them to be released January 25 (+/- 3).

      Good luck!

    • ENV-IF 2 days ago

    • xo 2 days ago

      @EDM VDM The MSCA commissioner has already stated that results will be available by the end of this month:

      http://www.h2020.md/en/marie-sklodowska-curie-acti...

      So that either the greek NCP is not very well informed or most probably he/she just wanted to avoid being called more times.

    • 123 2 days ago

      @Palette Seyens

      can you plz send me the link of reviewer list-2016 ? it doesn't appear to be there. many thanks !

    • EDM VDM 2 days ago

      I come from Greece, and I've just called the NCP here in Greece and they told me that the results will be released at 14 February. Could anyone confirm this?Has anybody else contacted NCP?

    • Curious 2 days ago

      Can anybody get me the link that "we can join within one year of grant assignment (Marie-curie IF)"

    • Tirpitz 2 days ago

      It used to be 30 min. Till last year there was a special week in Nov in Brussels for these consensus meetings (with a complicated schedule due to permutations) :-), from last year on they do it online.

    • Palette Seyens 2 days ago

      The list of reviewers is public (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/d... you can find the last year's here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref...

      The Excel says there were 1801 of them last year, so you can roughly divide your estimates by 2. My colleague is a reviewer for the SME Instrument and I can tell you you're not far from the truth, but it's paid well. :) I don't know how long the consensus meetings last, but these guys claim they work: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC44883...

    • Faufou 2 days ago

      Actually, I really want to know how this so-called "consensus meeting" is done. Let's do a bit maths here, 9000 proposals, and according to the rule book, each proposal should be assessed by 3 independent reviewers, assuming the EC managed to find 1000 reviewers willing to participate, that will give each reviewer 27 proposals to read in a very short period of time. Put aside this huge workload, and only talk about consensus meeting, this literally means 27 consensus meetings for each reviewer, and each time, he/she will have to meet another two reviewers in order to reach consensus. This sounds a lot to me, and I can imagine these reviewers will only want to get it over with and won't pay much attention to the details, and this so-called consensus meeting probably only last 5 mins for each proposal, and all they do is to make sure they didn't calculate the scores wrong.

    • Faufou 2 days ago

      To be honest, I found this 10% success rate is bit misleading. It varies a lot across different disciplines. I am not talking about the broad panels here, but rather more specific areas that we work in. In each respective field, the success rate can range from very high to near zero. In the specific area that I work in, last time someone was awarded the Fellowship was back in 2008. Yes, I did my research by digging into their funded project database. Apparently to many reviewers, my area is simply not worth funding.

    • Palette Seyens 2 days ago

      At least there is a consensus meeting among the reviewers of our proposals. We're still better off than companies that apply for the SME Instrument. There you have 4 reviewers, the highest and the lowest grade are removed and the remaining two are averaged. Success rate at the autumn SME instrument call was about 3 %, for MSCA it's still more than 10 %. Not that I'm particularly comforted by these facts, but it could be worse.

    • xa 2 days ago

      At these dates last year they had already released a note with the exact dates of the communication of the results. We should try to contact the NCP to ask what is going on this year.

    • Faufou 3 days ago

      I also feel its more like winning a lottery. When think about it, it has to be like this. Nearly 9000 proposals this year, imagine the number of reviewers they will need, and how many proposals each reviewer will have to read. Across different reviewers, they will have different standards, some being tougher than the others, and some being more generous. And even for the same reviewer, he/she might be in a better mood today than yesterday, so the proposals he/she reviewed yesterday will not be so lucky.

    • 123 3 days ago

      first time 85.4, second 89.2 and so not very excited for the third time. its too random guys.... unfortunately (or fortunately for those who get :)) its just a lottery process... for 3 yrs exp. after phd with 30 good publications summing around 150 impact factor, one reviewer find my CV "good but not excellent"!

      anyways... Good luck to all !

    • Lordx 3 days ago

      Has somebody called to NCP to ask about the day?

    • IF-SOC 3 days ago

      hi @francif Humanities is under IF-SOC group when apply.

      Anyone know how many projects the EC funded for SOC last year? and how was the success rate?

      Good luck everyone!

    • Curious13 3 days ago

      I made an observation and founded that the threshold is increasing every year and the highest is Social Science (SOC) stream with last year % around 92.6. Will it be above 93% this year? There are similar patterns for other streams as well.

      Apart from an interesting project proposal, will the panels take count of the nationality as well? For example, candidate from developed vs developing countries; country of the highest qualification obtained by candidate; experiences of research/work in other countries; etc?

      As a junior researcher who just completed phd, will there be any chance to secure the fund as I believe many of applicants are post-doct, professors, senior position who are well experienced? But it's also tricky when I search on the internet for those had got the fund come from candidate who had no phd but had more than 4 years experiences, some had less publications,.. and surprisingly those did not make it are post doct, and some has publication in high impact journals.. All this make me wonder how random the process is...

      I wish all the best everyone! :)

    • Don't worry be happy 3 days ago

      humanities is a scientific field too.

    • francif 3 days ago

      hi guys...I am looking for info on behalf of my boyfriend...did you all apply for a scientific field or someone for humanities? good luck...:-)

    • Faufou 3 days ago

      @Applicant IIF 201

      We are doomed, hope it's not too late to consider alternatives. The scientific world is too crowded right now.

    • Applicant IIF 201 3 days ago

      @Faufou

      After Ph.D we all realized that, the future is not bright due to a very low (negligible) employment rate of further opportunities.

    • Faufou 3 days ago

      @Applicant IIF 201

      Exactly, imagine the pressure for lecturers and professors to secure funding. Here we have a senior lecturers being sacked because of the "lack of funding he received". The universities here don't usually fire academics, but now everything changes and no one is safe anymore.

    • Applicant IIF 201 3 days ago

      @Faufou

      Same situation here. All of my colleagues (including me) are struggling to get funding for further research (post-doc and other research positions).

    • Faufou 4 days ago

      1st time 86, 2nd 88. As everyone says, the whole process is indeed very random. Just from my previous evaluation reports, I can tell the reviewers prob only spent 30 mins on my proposal. My biggest disadvantage is that my area is far away from mainstream research, and looks extremely "unsexy". Hard to get attention from the reviewers totally outside my area.

      To be honest, I am not even sure whether it is a good idea to prolong my postdoc journey for another two years. I just want to get out of this hopeless scientific world. Just look at my own supervisors and colleagues, all struggle to get funding with little luck under this economy. I don't think I will do better than them if I am lucky enough to become an academic. Really don't want to spend the rest of my life worrying about my next grant.

    • Vim 4 days ago

      So, one can relax for atleast a week or two ...

    • ENV-GF 4 days ago

      I called my NCP today. She told me, she may have the results by 25th .

    • ENV-GF 4 days ago

      3rd time for me as well... 1st 78, 2nd 91.2 (after redress 86.9)

    • IF-ENV reserve 4 days ago

      First time 78% second time 91% and reserve list...Hope third time will not be less that the previous one but you never know if the reviewers change...

    • good luck 4 days ago

      @Z

      It seems that there are different reviewers every year which is not good...Is like having a minor revision on a journal and then they change your reviewers.

      Good luck to everyone!

    • Don't worry be happy 4 days ago

      @Z

      In my first attempt I had low score (71%), now it's my second time.

    • 4 days ago

      @Don't worry be happy:

      What score did you get the 1st and 2nd time? Did it go up?

      From the comments, it seems that people lost points after improving their proposals - showing that it's pretty random.

    • Dont' worry be Happy 4 days ago

      @Faufou many thanks and third time lucky.

      It's my second time and I'm worring about if I improved my proposal following reviewers suggestions or not...

      Random process is comming!

    • Faufou 4 days ago

      Also from last year, 4 days before announcing the outcome, they provided an update in the "call updates" section, you should be able to find it when you click the call name. For this year, the latest update is that they received nearly 9000 proposals. Below is the update info from last year, I guess they will do the same this year before the big day:

      Call updates:

      18 January 2016 10:40

      Indicative timetable:

      - An indicative date for informing the applicants about the outcome of the evaluation is on Friday the 22nd of January 2016. Please note that due to the very high number of applicants to be informed this process may take 2 to 3 days.

      - Signing of grant agreements for proposals proposed for funding: within 3 months from the date of informing the applicant

    • RTLIF 4 days ago

      @Faufou many thanks for the valuable information

    • Faufou 5 days ago

      Also I forgot to mention that last year before they announced the outcome, their website also underwent a major update/maintenance to get ready for the big day. When that day comes, you will first find two files in your specific document folder in participant portal (a letter informing the outcome and the final assessment report). And few hours later, you will receive an email from them informing you that the report and letter are available to download from the portal. So if you are very eager to know the outcome, the best way is to keep checking the portal.

    • Faufou 5 days ago

      This round will be my third and last attempt, and based on my previous experience, they usually announce the outcome one or two weeks before the "official" deadline (exactly 6 months after the submission deadline). Take last year for example, the submission deadline was Sept. 11 2015, so the announcement deadline shown in the timeline bar was Feb. 11 2016. But the actual announcement was made on Jan. 22 2016, few weeks earlier. I would expect the same for this year. This also explains why we all see this Feb. 14 2017 deadline showing on our timeline, it's only because this is the date exactly 6 months after the submission deadline. But in reality, they will be more likely announce the outcome before this supposedly "official" deadline

    • Lordx 5 days ago

      Same here. It's updating system

    • Mark 5 days ago

      the same on my profile

    • Tamas 5 days ago

      @ENV-GF

      FO link is down for me too, but there are a couple of warnings that the grant management services might not be accessible today and tomorrow.

    • ENV-GF 5 days ago

      I noticed that the my FO link has been down. Anybody else?

    • DWK 6 days ago

      Don't waste your time finding a clue to the result in the Participant Portal, guys. I already tried to find it January 2016, and I also found some noticeable changes like someone posted here, such as red ribbon and 'stage 2'. After the result was released, I realised that what I did was nothing. The changes in the portal were just caused by system maintenance.

      In due time, the results will be released per each sector separately. At this time, the result letter will be shown in the portal, before being sent through email. So, guys, in the portal just check whether the letter is released or not, instead finding any clue.

      Good luck everybody!

    • Palette Seyens 6 days ago

      My friend (whom I've been pestering with my nervousness for a while) has just sent me a joke he made: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1831111/breaki...

      I hope you'll have a good laugh. :)

      And @ Mark & IF-lif: Big thanks for this info!

    • IF-lif 6 days ago

      Hi all, this will probably be of interest to most of you here: http://www.h2020.md/en/marie-sklodowska-curie-acti...

    • Mark 6 days ago

      Yes, the red ribbon has appeared in September, a few days after submission. I think it does not mean anything, because, I have red ribbon at my last year rejected proposal.

    • GF IT 6 days ago

      @IF-SOC, there was the same statement for Monday 9th,

    • MSCAIF 6 days ago

      @ Palette Seyens

      Same here.

      Thanks

    • ENV-GF 6 days ago

      In my case. I believe that the red ribbon at the bottom right corner of pdf has been there since long ago.

    • Palette Seyens 6 days ago

      @ ENV-GF & MSCAIF

      1) Login to Participant Portal, go to My Proposal(s)

      2) Click the "Follow Up" button under "Actions" column (FO), a pop-up window will appear

      3) click "Process specific documents" and "Proposal (1)"

      In my case it looks like this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1831111/Propos...

      Like some posters before have said, there used to be a tick on the date of 14 Feb 2016 (Informed) and a countdown of days until the notification. Now it's disappeared.

    • ENV-GF 6 days ago

      Could you please clarify about the red ribbon and the tick? Where exactly are there? I believe that from Monday, we should start calling NCPs. They may have received results.

    • MSCAIF 6 days ago

      Hi

      @Palette Seyens

      Red tag is present on top of the file. But there is no tick mark. Where is this visible?

    • IF-SOC 6 days ago

      Hi everyone, i think they are updating the system on monday for the grant service and management. It stated in the website: the Grant Management and Document related services may not be accessible Monday, 16th of January, between 07:45 and 08:10(CET), while system maintenance is being performed.

    • Palette Seyens 6 days ago

      @ LordX

      Same thing here with the tick. I also hope it's not a bad sign. However, it would be brutal irony if an award symbol was used to mark rejection. :S

    • LordX 6 days ago

      In my case the red ribbon is, but it appears the tick on the date of 14 Sept 2016 and no mention to xxx/153 days. Days before I had informe 14 february.... I hope that ribbon doesn't mean that I'm out

    • Palette Seyens 6 days ago

      @ MSCA-IF

      Same here.

    • MSCA-IF 7 days ago

      Hi,

      I have noticed a red colored Ribbon Badge tagged on my pdf file since yesterday;

      Participant portal = My Proposal = FO = Process specific documents = Proposal 1 = XXXXXX-stage2-XXXXX-SEALED-PROPOSAL.

    • CAR 7 days ago

      I thought stage 1 was the eligibility check and stage 2 just means it has been send out for review.

    • Zach 7 days ago

      It seems from the comments that everyone is stage 2. I would guess this just means that it's passed stage 1 (individual evaluations) and has moved to stage 2 (which is probably, I'm guessing, the consensus meeting). So, based on these observations, stage 2 is not indicative of the success of the proposal.

    • Test 7 days ago

      Has anybody tried to contact the NCP to know the date when the results will be released? If they are going to be released in less than 10 days (as last year), they must know already.

    • Palette Seyens 7 days ago

      @Ae SOC

      Ok, so then it must mean something else. Thanks!

    • Applicant IIF 201 7 days ago

      @soc ef

      I am applying for the second time. But this year I am feeling more anxious than last year. :)

    • AeSOC 7 days ago

      @Palette Seyens

      I am in SOC, I have no ethical issues, yet I am in stage 2

    • Palette Seyens 7 days ago

      I found something, but I don't know if it's applicable ...

      http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref...

      http://www.assistid.eu/submissions/wp-content/uplo...

      Do you all "stage 2" applicants have ethical issues raised in your proposals?

    • soc ef 7 days ago

      is someone applying for the second time? are you feeling less anxious than first time? I do :)

    • RTLIF 7 days ago

      @MSCAIF Thanks for the reply!

    • ENV-IF 8 days ago

      I have stage 2..yep

    • Lordx 8 days ago

      @psy I think that everybody un in

    • @psy 8 days ago

      Is everybody in Stage2?

    • MSCAIF 8 days ago

      @RTLIF

      It is under the section "Action"

      Go to MY PROPOSAL ---click FO (Follow up) --then click Document Library (or) process specific document---Proposal. There you could see "stage 2".

      All the Best

    • RTLIF 8 days ago

      Actually where is it shown ?stage 2?is it in the status section?

    • Star 8 days ago

      In my proposal appears stage 2. I am wondering what it is meaning.....

    • SOC GF IT 9 days ago

      Hello everyone! Did someone call the Commission to know if the results will be published by the end of January? I read that @Romanian Fox did it. Where should we call?

      Another question. I noticed a slight change in the guide for applicants for the implementation section. In 2015 section 3.1 was titled "Overall coherence and effectiveness of the work plan, including appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources" and was asked "to describe the work packages". In 2016 that paragraph was split into 3.1. "Overall coherence and effectiveness of the work plan" and 3.2. "Appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources" while the expression "describe the work packages" was deleted from 3.1.

      I interpreted this as: 3.1. just the GANTT with the lists of milestones and deliverables; 3.2. general description of the planning and description of every work package, showing how you manage time and resources to achieve your goals.

      How did you interpret this change? Did you include something else, beyond the GANTT in 3.1?

    • RILIF 9 days ago

      @ Mark

      By an email from Mrs Pamela GORINI, Project Officer at the EU commission

    • Mark 10 days ago

      @RILF

      They contacted you by e mail or phone?

    • EDM VDM 10 days ago

      @RILIF

      Thank you for your reply!

      Good luck to everyone!

    • RILIF 10 days ago

      @ EDM VDM

      Yes, my initial submission last year did include some ethics considerations (1/2 page). When you're on the reserve list or in the list of funded projects, you go through an ethics review (in addition to the scientific review that leads to your grades). In my case: "the ethics experts have identified some ethical aspects in your proposal which require a further evaluation step, for ethical issues." During this ethical additional review, in January, I was not yet aware that I was on the reserve list, which I learned later on with the release of Evaluation Reports on January 22, like everybody.

      So basically I'm wondering whether anyone has been contacted this year for such an ethics review. I haven't, but I included in this year's re-submission everything (81 pages...) I had prepared last year. Anyway, we should now pretty soon.

    • Zach 10 days ago

      EDM VDM is basically asking whether not receiving an Ethics Assessment by now is a sign of not being accepted.

    • EDM VDM 10 days ago

      # RILIF This Ethics Assessment, which they asked you, was different from what you have submitted with your proposal? Did they asked you something more or had you provided all documents/information about ethics with the submission?

    • EDM VDM 10 days ago

      # RILIF This Ethics Assessment, which they asked you, was different from what you have submitted with your proposal?Did they asked domething more or had you provided all the documents/information about ethics at the submission?

    • RR 10 days ago

      mine also shows stage 2. Don't know what it means.

    • RILIF 10 days ago

      Last year I was on the reserve list, and had been contacted by the EU commission for an Ethics Assessment (rodent behavioral experiments) on January 11th, 2016 . Only funded and reserve lists projects are going through this step, from what I was told at that time. Has anyone been contacted for an Ethics Assessment this year?

    • 12345 10 days ago

      In my case, it appears the tick on the date of 14 Sept 2016 and no mention to xxx/153 days, but it was displayed until few days ago, so I guess they are carrying out some modifications in the web, and, as consequence, info provided looks a bit weird

    • 10 days ago

      I also see that my proposal says -stage2-, and that last year's submission doesn't. Not sure what this means, however if some people have theirs renamed to stage2 in november then I'm guessing it's not an indication of the pass-ability of the proposal.

      It would be interesting to know whether anyone had stage2 last year and what the outcome of that proposal was.

    • SOC-IF-SS 10 days ago

      I've same that @abc.

    • Applicant ENG-IF 11 days ago

      The only way of knowing if the results will be released within a couple of weeks, as last year, would be to ask the NCP or call someone in Brussels like @RomanianFox did.

      It's hard to say in this very long review process, and moreover when they most probably already have the results, but we should be patient.

    • abc 11 days ago

      Today in my FO, it shows 14 Feb at "informed" of the timeline,

      submitted --- informed --- invited--- Prepared --- Signed --- Paid

      and also mentions 117/153 days, so appears to be a long waiting even now !

    • ENV-IF 11 days ago

      Just be patient for 2-3 weeks...

    • Lordx 11 days ago

      Rud,

      Reading the manual, evaluation was in November.... and you are un stage two since this moment, I think... after I've read below comments.

    • Lordx 11 days ago

      Rud,

      Reading the manual, evaluation was in November.... and you are un stage two since this moment, I think... after I've read below comments.

    • Mark 11 days ago

      Last year my proposal did exceed the threshold and I my proposal name did not have stage2 in the middle.

    • xyz 11 days ago

      Last year my proposal did not exceed the threshold. I noticed that the last year proposal name did not have stage2 in the middle. This year, it is renamed with stage2. I will know for sure if this renaming means that it entered stage 2 once we get the evaluation results.

    • Rud 11 days ago

      stage2 has been in the file name since last November. At least in my case.

    • Mark 12 days ago

      @abc

      I do not know what does it mean. Maybe it is only for the proposal which had entered in the stage2, but I am not sure.

      We will see very soon:-)

    • abc 12 days ago

      @Mark

      Now I see that the sealed proposal file (appearing in the FO) has been renamed with "stage2" inserted in the middle, although this file is the same as the very first one which was submitted.

    • abc 12 days ago

      @Mark,

      no I don't have any "stage2" in the FO, just my sealed proposal. Does that indicate something ???

    • Mark 12 days ago

      when you log on your participant profile and FO, do you have in the proces specific document "stage2"?

    • abc 12 days ago

      thanks guys ! lets hope for the best.

    • Zach 12 days ago

      Last year it was 22 so probably between then and Feb 14.

    • Mark 13 days ago

      yes, it was 22.

      I think for 2 weeks the results will be known.

    • ENV-IF 13 days ago

      Last year we knew at January 22 if I remember correctly...

    • abc 13 days ago

      what is the date for the IF result being out ? Is it officially mentioned somewhere to be in January end or February ?

    • ENV-IF 2 weeks ago

      @xyz

      The best thing is to have different options to choose...So yes, go for something else too and you'll see what happens with the MC

    • xyz 2 weeks ago

      thanks a lot @ENV-IF. That's good. As the whole review/selection process takes so long (I could feel worse experience from the comments from the reserve list people), may be it is better to look/go for something else for one year in the meantime !

    • ENV-IF 2 weeks ago

      @xyz

      I believe it is for 1 year from the time you sign the Grant agreement.

      So if you get some good news on February and then you sign on March you will have to start the project before March 2018.

    • xyz 2 weeks ago

      Does anyone know if one can postpone the joining date for more than a year if selected for IF ? how much one can postpone at most ? thanks.

    • RomanianFox 2 weeks ago

      Dear All,

      Today I was calling someone from Research Executive Agency in Bruxelles and he told me that it likely that the outcome of evaluation will come in the last week of January.

      So you should prepare the champagne or the vodka :)

    • Mark 2 weeks ago

      @abc

      It does not mean anything:-)

      It has appeared when the proposal had been subimtted.

    • abc 2 weeks ago

      status shows "Final" at my participant portal, any idea ??

    • lordX 2 weeks ago

      Happy New year, and good luck in MSCA evaluation!!!

    • Mark 3 weeks ago

      Does evryone who applied enter in the second stage, or only proposals which got positive grades in the first stage?

    • Xxx 3 weeks ago

      Second stage of the evaluation (elaboration of CRs) might be just completed however I don't participate in this part so I cant comment.

    • IF ENG 3 weeks ago

      @ LIF, 4 Weeks ago,

      Thanks for this info ! Can you plz tell a rough figure that you are receiving as your take home salary?

    • ORSO 3 weeks ago

      February 2017 is the date for the results

    • Applicant IIF 2016 3 weeks ago

      When the result of MSCA-IIF-2016 is expected? From previous posts I came across to know that the first stage evaluation has completed. Do the second stage (consensus meeting) also completed?

    • Applicant ENG-IF 3 weeks ago

      @xxx, thanks for your valuable info.

      What you call the "evaluation process" is the elaboration of the Consensus Report after the review process?

      And what is missing ("second stage") is just the creation of the Evaluation Summary Report (ESR)? If that is the case then the members of the panel should already know who are going to be the 2017 MSCA fellows.

    • Reserve-ENV-IF 6 weeks ago

      @xxx thank you for your valuable info...

      So, keep calm and fingers crossed everyone!

    • xxx 6 weeks ago

      I can see all the messages here regarding the results and I hope I can clarify it a bit (I am MSCA fellow and evaluator). European Commission has a number of calls open, and therefore IT needs to update website often meaning there will be 'strange' things happening on the website.

      Evaluation process (first stage) only finished recently. This month there is a second stage of the process. So even if results are earlier, it would be 1-5 days before the deadline at most.

      Evaluators can see reports from previous year but it doesn't really affect the final score for the new grant submission (however, if they would find no changes were made despite the comment, I can imagine they can get annoyed). I don't think they know grant was on a reserve list.

      only advice, stay calm and wait. There's nothing more you can do now.

    • Ale 6 weeks ago

      Hi everyone,

      Does anyone have noticed sth strange in the Participant portal? When I try to go to follow up my proposal I obtain following information: "The project you requested does not exist or you do not have sufficient privileges. Please consult the IT help pages for more information". This is very strange because before it was information about remaining days and information about stage of grant.

      Thanks a lot.

      Ale

    • RILIF 7 weeks ago

      @ IF-EF

      When resubmitting my application this year, I indicated last year's proposal number in page 3 of part A. I do not know, however, the extent to which this is taken into account, and whether the reviewers have access to previous applications and their ranking, for example.

    • IF-EF 7 weeks ago

      Do the reviewers know if a proposal was on the reserve list on the previous year?

    • RILIF 7 weeks ago

      @ Reserve list 2015

      I do agree with you, this is not a very comfortable situation, especially when one has a family to move across countries. Are you re-applying this year (IF 2016)?

      Best,

      Pete

    • env-if 7 weeks ago

      Ok I think the answer is 18 months after the signing of grand agreement

    • Reserve list 2015 7 weeks ago

      @RILIF

      one week ago my NCP has unofficially informed me that the 2015 Reserve List is now closed.

      I think it is a shame that the REA does not inform reserve list candidates about the closure of the process and the fate of their proposal. I do not understand why REA wants candidates wait for ever without a precise indication of their outcomes.

    • ENV-IF 7 weeks ago

      Hi everybody,

      After you take a positive result on Jan-Feb does anyone know if they give you a period (number of months) to choose the start date of your project?

      My project (if successful) should start on the spring of 2017 but regarding that it takes more time to get paid (maybe summer of 2017) i don't think that i will be able to do my samplings with my own money. So i was wondering if someone is able to choose a later start date and make the samplings at the spring of 2018.

      Thank you in advance,

      John

    • LIF 7 weeks ago

      Unfortunately they are. I was also said that now I have to pay both employee and employers contributions to national Insurance and Pension Scheme.

      I asked my employer to continue paying his part and he agreed. That was a lot of money! (16% or so)

      @ IF ENG UK 5 weeks ago

      Hi,

      Can anybody clarifies whether family and mobility allowance are currently taxable in UK?

    • RILIF 8 weeks ago

      @reserve list 2015

      In which panel were you on the reserve list? And what was your ranking? I was 4th on the Reintegration - LIF panel

    • Alex 2 months ago

      Hello everybody

      I have just noticed on my account that my counter (on the part follow-up) of the days has disappeared. When I checked it 1 week ago, it was for example 53/150 days and pointer was between submitted and informed part of the line. Now it has been moved to the start position (submitted). Does anybody know what is the meaning of described notice?

      Thanks a lot.

    • Reserve list 2015 3 months ago

      Hello

      I was on 2015-reserve list. Is it still possible to be funded? Should I expect at some point to get a final decision from REA or they just inform in the case the project is funded?

      Thanks

    • IF-ENV 3 months ago

      Yes...some info about the economics would be usefull!

      What is the salary after deductions? Which are the deductions? I understand that the taxes are a matter of the country but if we have a general idea we could calculate for our country of interest

    • IF ENG UK 3 months ago

      Hi,

      Can anybody clarifies whether family and mobility allowance are currently taxable in UK?

    • IF_Chem 3 months ago

      I was at 5th in the waiting list...

    • RI_ENV 3 months ago

      Congratulations IF_Chem

      Were you in the 2015 reserve list? What was your ranking?

    • IF_Chem 3 months ago

      Does anyone know how much tax I have to pay in Valencia, Spain? I was told that I have to pay two social security, one for University almost 14K/ year and employee which is almost 2.8 K/year in addition to 25% tax.

      Are these returnable?

      Thanks

    • IF_Chem 3 months ago

      Finally I am in the list...After waiting a year, the proposal got funded now. So, moving to Spain soon...

    • Ri_ENV 3 months ago

      Does anyone know whether all available places have been allocated to fill the reserve list proposals? I tried to contact my national point and I found out that the more recent information they have (June 2016) reports 1135 signed grant agreements on 1163 proposals accepted. Should proposal of the 2015 reserve list still expect to be funded?

      Thanks

    • ENV-RI-reserve list 3 months ago

      Does anyone know whether all available places have been allocated to fill the reserve list proposals? I tried to contact my national point and I found out that the more recent information they have (June 2016) reports 1135 signed grant agreements on 1163 proposals accepted. Should proposal of the 2015 reserve list still expect to be funded?

      Thanks

    • 3 months ago

      @alex The results are expected in the first or second week of February 2017.

    • Alex 3 months ago

      Does anyone know, when the results for MC IF will be known?

    • Alex 3 months ago

      Does anyone know, when the results for MC IF will be known?

    • IOF SOC Greece 3 months ago

      Thanks a lot IF-ENG.

      Your estimations are probably correct. I found that last year there were 7510 submissions for Standard EF + CAR + RI, whereas this year 7919 submissions (thus +5.4%). At the same time budget for these actions dropped from 188m to 179.7m (thus -4,5%). According to my estimations this means that about 40-50 fewer proposals will be funded this year for these actions ( GF will be better off due to an increase in funding and fewer submitted proposals in relation to 2015). I guess that if threshold for other panels will be around 92, it will probably go well above 93 for the SOC panel (92.2 last year).

    • IF-ENG 3 months ago

      Ok, shooting too many answers at once:

      1. @ IOF SOC Greece. Last year's success rate are re-posted below (thanks to @Reserve92). Yes, the number of submissions this year are available under call updates:

      https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/.../t/H2020-MSCA-IF-2016/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc

      2. @Star_17 success rate for GF will be ~11% almost as of last years. Good luck!

      Here is last years outcome (thanks to @Reserve92)

      First IF then GF

      Panel

      ​Retained List Threshold

      ​Reserve List Threshold

      ​Success Rate %

      ​CHE

      ​90.8

      ​89.4

      ​14

      ​ECO

      ​89.8

      ​87

      ​14.1

      ​ENG

      ​90.6

      ​89.4

      ​14.1

      ​ENV

      ​91.2

      ​90.4

      ​14.1

      ​LIF

      ​92.4

      ​91.4

      ​14.1

      ​MAT

      ​91

      ​90

      ​13.8

      ​PHY

      ​91.2

      ​90.4

      ​14.2

      ​SOC

      ​92.2

      ​90.8

      ​14.3

      ​CAR

      ​91.2

      ​90

      ​13.8

      ​RI

      ​92.2

      ​91

      ​14.6

      Global Fellowships

      ​Panel

      ​Retained List Threshold

      ​Reserve List Threshold

      ​Success Rate %

      ​CHE

      ​94

      ​92.6

      10.3

      ​ECO

      ​94

      ​89.4

      ​13.6

      ​ENG

      ​93.8

      ​92.8

      ​10.8

      ​ENV

      ​93.6

      ​92.6

      ​10.8

      ​LIF

      ​93.8

      ​92.6

      ​11.1

      ​MAT

      ​91.6

      ​90.8

      ​10

      ​PHY

      ​93.4

      ​92.4

      ​10.6

      ​SOC

      ​93.6

      ​93

      ​11.2

    • Star_17 3 months ago

      What about GF? Do yo know the success rate? Many thanks

    • IOF SOC Greece 3 months ago

      IF-ENG thank you for this info. May I ask if this data (i.e. number of submissions) is available online? Also, do you know which was the success rate last year?

    • IF-ENG 3 months ago

      To MSCA-IF-EF-2016 applicants. I had a look at the budget and number of submitted proposals. Success rate would be ~13% this year. So, get ready for cut-off of score ~92. MSCA-IF-EF-SE panel will get astonishing ~50% success rate thanks to the 10 m budget and only 111 submissions!

    • soc-2016 3 months ago

      what is going on with the reserve in soc? have all places been allocated?

    • RI 4 months ago

      Congratulations IF-CAR! What was your position in the reserve list?

    • IF-CAR (2015) 4 months ago

      I got the e-mail today. I finally got the grant! Good luck to everybody, and let's hope that many people on the reserve lists will still get the fellowship :-)

    • GF-OZ 4 months ago

      to GF-LF:

      you need letters from both hosts. They both count, and they must show they know each other (or at least acknowledge each other and the benefit of the three-way interaction, including you). I know this for a fact as I got the GF last year, and the evaluation report has recognised this as an advantage. Good luck!

    • GF-LF 4 months ago

      Yes, you're right. I probably should have done that. Anyway, it is submitted with the signature from the US-based supervisor and the head of department. Hope it's fine. Good luck to everyone!

    • EnV 4 months ago

      Although you should be asking your NCP and not a forum for this, i hope everything is ok and wish you good luck with your results!

    • GF-LF 4 months ago

      So my letter is fine, right? Signed by the outgoing host only? My grant office is confused too and not really helpful, and I've already started to panic...

    • GF-Oz 4 months ago

      Letter from Hosting lab heads are enough

    • GF-LF 4 months ago

      Hi,

      For those who has experience with Global Fellowship. I'm finishing my application for this year, and suddenly got nervous that my Letter of Commitment is wrong. So I have it, signed by the outgoing phase supervisor. Is that enough? Or should it be signed by dean, or head of department? I would really appreciate your answer.

      Cheers

    • IF-ENV 4 months ago

      Don't forget the blog with the rest of us once you get the funding please...

      What was your ranking in the ENV reserve list?

    • IF-ENV 5 months ago

      Congrats again! Can you provide us with your rank on the IF-ENV reserve list. Thank you.

    • IF ENV 5 months ago

      I also got the email today in the morning, I got the grant. Good luck to everyone!

    • IF-ENV 5 months ago

      Congrats!!! Can you please tell me your position to the list?

    • IF-ENV-reserved 5 months ago

      I was informed this morning that I got the grant.

      Good luck to all of you!

    • PCM@Chem 5 months ago

      I am at 3rd position in the waiting list and I was informed that final result may come in Sept...Lets cross the fingers..

    • RI 5 months ago

      I am second in the RI list but no news yet

    • CAR & RI 5 months ago

      Is there any news about CAR and RI?

    • IF-ENV 5 months ago

      Oh, sorry to hear.

      Does any EU fellowship on the reserve list hear anything recently?

    • Reserve92 5 months ago

      So I finally got the notification that I am out. The whole process seems to be very random. I had 92% and was on Reserve List and requested a redress. My redress was approved stating that the "shortcomings in the evaluation jeopardized my chances of funding". There were 3 valid points where I lost points due where I shouldn't have. At this point I was actually absolutely confident that I will get the funding in the end (very nice letter apologizing quite a lot). So part 2 and 3 were send for a new evaluation and I got far less points than in the first round...bringing me down to 89.8%...

    • IF-ENV 5 months ago

      Great! they finally have some progress again. So they just started calling GF reserve list.

      Congrats!!

    • GF-Chem 5 months ago

      I equally received notification this morning that my project has been funded ... ecstatic after months of waiting! The news came very unexpected and no one had seen it coming. Good luck to all of you still waiting and keep on believing in it!

    • GF-PHYS-2015 5 months ago

      I was also contacted this morning. My NCP told me I was first on the reserve list with another project with the same score as mine. It seems they have started the process for the GF fellowship. Good luck to everyone still waiting for news !!

    • GF-LIF 5 months ago

      I received notification this morning that my proposal has been accepted-I was on the reserve list and had not much hope at this late stage-good luck to everyone waiting on news!

    • IF-LIF 6 months ago

      I've been notified that my request has been accepted so it has to be re evaluated. Anyone knows hiw long it would take?

    • IEF-SOC-redress 6 months ago

      Anyone else notified about the results of the re-evaluation of the proposal? any weird notations in the erc report?

    • IEF-Chem 6 months ago

      One thing I am wondering about. I know of several people that withdrew after one year of funding, so I assume they had to return the money to the funding agency. Doesn't this also add to the reserve list?

    • ENV-IF 6 months ago

      No news is bad news...

    • Reserve92 6 months ago

      Just a speculation from my side, one possibility why there are only 17 reserve-list invites after 30 withdrawels might be open redress cases. They notified about the redress just around the time as they emailed invites for the reserve list (My application will be re-evaluated as my redress was apparently well-founded). So I would assume that more reserve-lists invites are send out once the redress cases are decided.

    • IF-LIF reserve 92.2 6 months ago

      Has anyone from the EF LIF reserve list heard anything?

      My NCP would not tell me my ranking on the reserve list.

    • RI-2-reserve 6 months ago

      There are about 100 GF and 1000+ EF, thus simple math indicates that not many withdrawals are expected in GF panels. Has anyone from the RI reserve list got it?

    • IF-reserve 6 months ago

      Really not sure what is going on. @GF-chem, it could be the case that they have not started the GF yet, maybe the number of 17 is only for EF? Is there anybody at GF got contacted?

    • GF-Chem 6 months ago

      I was well aware of the 30 withdrawals this year and as I am allegedly ranked 1st reserve I was also hoping to receive some good news. To date however nothing yet and with an apparent 17 reserve-list-invites chances are diminishing. Is there not any official list out of the rankings and the progression? Surely in the past these lists were available and updated on a monthly basis. Anyone here who has been invited from the reserve list for a GF? The EU could really do with some transparency and communication...

    • SOC GF 6 months ago

      SOC RESERVE, what's your ranked? Anyone in the soc GF reserve list did get the contact?

    • GF-PHYS 6 months ago

      I am on the reserve list for a GF and I haven't been contacted. Not sure if the infos are about GF too ...

    • IF-MC Redress 6 months ago

      I've just got a letter regarding my request for redress and my proposal is again under evaluation...more waiting...

    • SOC-Reserve 6 months ago

      I got the same info as @IF-Reserve. If the previous info about 30 withdrawals is correct, there might be another round of invitations from the reserve list.

    • SOC GF 6 months ago

      In the 17 proposals are included also the Global Fellowishps? Or just the European one? Did anyone who submitted a GLOBAL F. get news?

    • IF-RESERVE 6 months ago

      Our NCP told me that 17 Proposals (from all panels) from the reserve list has been invited. 1 from ENV, 3 from SOC. they don't tell me from other panels. I fell it is much lower numbers than last years.

    • Reserve 7 months ago

      Does someting change with the Brexit?

    • Env-IF-Reserve 7 months ago

      No news is bad news...However i believe that the 2nds will take it!

    • ENV-IF 7 months ago

      No news is bad news...However i believe that the 2nds will take it!

    • IF-ENV 7 months ago

      mine ranked 2nd in ENV panel and till now i did not hear any anews. Does this mean 'dead'?

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      IF-ENV-Greece 7 months ago

      Thanx for the reply.

      Congrats!!

    • IF-ENV 7 months ago

      @IF-ENV-Greece

      Mine is the first on the reserve list.

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      IF-ENV-Greece 7 months ago

      IF-ENV do you know what is your rank in the panel?

    • IF-ENV 7 months ago

      I got the contact as well, my score is 91.2.

    • SOC gf 7 months ago

      News on the SOC gf ? I am 4 in the reserve list...

    • Email form NCP 7 months ago

      The information we received (though not ‘officially’):

      " All the grant agreements for the proposals in the main funding list (A list) have been signed now, a total of 1135 projects. Therefore the EC will start to allocate funding to the proposals in the reserve list (B list). There have been about 30 withdrawals from the main list across all selection panels. The process of signing Grant Agreements (GAs) with the reserve list should be finalised by the end of September 2016."

    • ReserveSOC 7 months ago

      Congrats to those who got it. Anyone in SOC panel got any emails?

    • GF-2015 7 months ago

      @Marcow Did you apply for a GF (outgoing) or IF fellowship ?

    • PHYS-IF-Reserve-91.2 7 months ago

      just the automated emails...

    • marcow 7 months ago

      My proposal ranked 3rd in the reserve list within the Life Science panel (Score ~92.5) has been accepted. Yesterday 15/06/16 I received and automatic email asking to start grant preparation.

      Good luck to the rest of you!

    • Marcow 7 months ago

      My proposal ranked 3rd in the reserve list within the Life Science panel (Score ~92.5) has been accepted. Yesterday 15/06/16 I received and automatic email asking to start grant preparation.

      Good luck to the rest of you!

    • IF-ENV 7 months ago

      Congrats. That's really good new.

      Anyone on the ENV panel get good news?

    • IF-ENV 7 months ago

      Congrats. Really good news! Anyone from the ENV has good news?

    • IF-PHYS-reserve 7 months ago

      Hi, My proposal also got 91.2, and it has also been accepted. It was ranked 4th on the physics reserve list.

    • PHYS-4th reserve 7 months ago

      Hi, My proposal also got 91.2 and it has also been accepted. It was ranked 4th on the physics reserve list.

    • GF-2015 7 months ago

      Excellent news for you !! Did you receive an automatic email, like for the results in january, or someone contacted you ?

    • GF-PHYS 7 months ago

      Congrats ! Anyone else has been contacted ??

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      IF-ENV-Greece 7 months ago

      Congrats!! Do you know what was your rank on the reserve list?

    • PHYS-IF-Reserve-91.2 7 months ago

      I have just be informed that my reserve listed proposal (right at the 91.2 cut off in physics) has been accepted.

    • Brexit 7 months ago

      Maybe they are waiting for the 'Brexit' vote...

    • cgc_IF 7 months ago

      10th of june and nothing??!!

      This is starting to be a shame!

    • IF-2nd 7 months ago

      Has anyone 1st on the list been contacted? Why is it taking so long?

    • Reservist 7 months ago

      Here is the contact info of the people in REA responsible for Marie Curie EF. I msged them today. Not sure whether i will get an answer but if several of us do so, they might respond

      http://ec.europa.eu/rea/about_us/whoiswho/index_en...

    • 2015-IF-Reserve 7 months ago

      My NCP told me the same. Apparently European Comission has not provided them any info at all. Why all the confidentiality?

    • GF-PHYS-res 7 months ago

      Yeah, I can't believe we have no news at all. I called my NCP who knows nothing ...

    • 2015-Reserve List 7 months ago

      This is torture

    • SOC.list 7 months ago

      ...Will there be any surprise?:-/

    • Soc_Reserve list 7 months ago

      I wonder why it is taking longer this year...?

    • IF-ENV 7 months ago

      I hope they will release the final results soon. No matter what the result is, it is always good to know what we should plan to do in the next step.

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      IF-ENV-Greece 7 months ago

      Don't worry if you are 1st on the reserve list of your panel it is sure that you'll get it!

    • IF-2015 8 months ago

      No news, and I'm first on the reserve list for my panel :-(

    • CGC-IF 8 months ago

      Nothing here.

    • 5th reserve list IF-ENG 8 months ago

      No news

    • IF-reserve list2nd 8 months ago

      No news yet guys. This is frustrating.

    • IF-ENV-Resv2 8 months ago

      I have not heard anything. Did anyone hear anything from the grant?

    • IF-2015-reserve list 8 months ago

      Any news ??

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      IF-ENV-Greece 8 months ago

      Is there an estimate of how many people from the reserve list of the ENV usually get the funding?

      Maybe from the previous year?

    • IF_CGC 8 months ago

      Any news from the people in reserve list or redresses?

      Tomorrow is the deadline for the "signed" step following the Proposal Management and Grant Preparation timeline in our participant portal.

    • IF-ENV 8 months ago

      They normally have national contact person, who you can call them and get your ranking in the reserving list. I don't know if we can find the ranking somewhere online.

    • IF_che 8 months ago

      where did you see the rank?

    • not yet 8 months ago

      I am second in my panel and haven't heard anything yet. I would expect to be contacted after the 12th of May, which is the deadline for the agreements to be signed, isn't it?

    • IF-2015 8 months ago

      Same, 1st on the reserve list and no news ...

    • No 8 months ago

      No, nothing. And I'm first on the reserve list for my section :-/

    • randam 8 months ago

      Anyone on the reserving list heard any news?

    • IF-ENV 9 months ago

      I am 2nd in the reserving list and have not heard anything yet. Our university said it normally takes 3 months till we get contacted. So I guess and hope it will be the end of this month?

    • ReserveList 9 months ago

      @reserve list. I'm 4th on the reserve list of IF-ENG and I have not been contacted (and who knows if I will ever be contacted).

    • reserve list 9 months ago

      Hi! Has anyone on the reserve list already been accepted on the main list?

    • Nadav 9 months ago

      Hello. I am wondering if submitting an application to a co-funded fellowship (e.g. Pegasus- Marie Curie) will prevent me from submitting an application to the "normal" Marie Curie on September? Thank you!

    • ReserveSOC 10 months ago

      I too received a letter saying that they will get back to me by June. Question: If they reach you on the reserve list for funding and you have an outstanding redressal - what happens...?

    • IF_CGC 10 months ago

      Is this the standard answer for everybody who made a redress or some redress have been discarded already?

    • Reserve92 10 months ago

      Just received an email about my redress. It is examined and I will hear about the outcome by the end of June...so more waiting.

    • IF_CGC 11 months ago

      Has anyone heard from the redress process? Any negative or positive feedback?

    • Reserve List 11 months ago

      Does anyone knows how many IF projets were funded? I've seen, that in average, the requested budget per project was 178,000 Euros. If we know how many projects are funded, we may know if the total budget was already allocated (probably part of the budget was left, just for "safety", in case of redress). So me may have a more concrete idea on the possibility to have a project from the reserve list funded.

    • IF SOC 11 months ago

      @ BB - where are you going in the Netherlands? I also asked several times and they haven't told me the gross and net amount, but I don't understand that how it comes to 2300 including mobility. I also think that they should not tax the mobility and the family allowance. Can we perhaps talk about this in a private message as well?

    • BREXIT 11 months ago

      I have an interesting -and freaky- question here.

      In case of a BREXIT, what will happen to EU researchers who secured a fellowship in GB? And vice-versa?

    • BB 11 months ago

      @ IF ENG to NL

      I am going to Netherland and I asked the net values and gross values. The strangely consider a gross living allowance of around 3300 euros leading to a 2300 euros net. I asked for the mobility and they said its included already. The value seems very strange to me! They said they will apply for the 30% rule and they let me know. Isn't it that if I don't have the 30% rule, I will need to receive the mobility allowance separately?

    • santecaserio 11 months ago

      @IF ENG to UK,

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I have joined Oxford 6 mths ago. I was wondering if opt out the USS (even if after the three months window). Can I reach you through e-mail so that i can ask you a few specific questions about the pension scheme (between italy and uk). Thanx

    • IF LIF 2015 11 months ago

      IF SOC: I got a Marie Curie IF last year in Netherland, I have the mobility and family allowances. In my case they are taxable. If, like me, you came from abroad AND have not lived within 150km from the Dutch border the 24 last months before your contract you can ask for the 30% rule (in fact your university has to do that for you). you can find more information here: http://www.expatax.nl/30ruling.php

      In this case my net salary per month is around 3400 euros (it was less the first months before to have the response from the government etc). There are also 2 (good) bonus per year, one before the summer and another one in December.

      If your kids are not going to school and are supposed to go in a daycare (or something else) the government could help you by refunding a part of the daycare cost (but you and your partner shall work).

    • IF SOC 11 months ago

      @ IF ENG to UK

      I am interested in this tax issue.

      I am going to the Netherlands and asked one tentative question about mobility and family allowance being taxable or not. They said yes, they are taxable, but I don't understand why. So how did you manage to get them as net amounts? I am in a similar situation, going with kids, and I am worried.

      Is there anyone here going to / being in the Netherlands, too?

    • @IF-LIF 91.6% 11 months ago

      A petition would be useless, but asking Members of the European Parliament to write the Commission can be very effective:

      One course of action that all those on the reserve list can take, is to ask your MEPs to send a written question to the Commission asking for an exceptional increase of the available budget for the Marie Curie program. Indeed, while the budget available decreased of 10.5% since last year, the number of proposals increased of 13%. Which made this year the most difficult ever. If the budget available is increased, for instance of 10-15 million euros, many people on the reserve list will be funded.

    • IF-LIF 91.6% 11 months ago

      Is there any way we can come up with a sort of petition to ask the EU Commission to exceptionally increase the budget given the special situation of this call?

    • if lif@france 11 months ago

      Anyone going to France who can shed some light on the gross and net payment for a fellow with family?

    • IF-ENG 11 months ago

      @IF ENG to UK,

      Thanks a lot for this detailed information. I will be joining Oxford Engg. Can I reach you through e-mail so that i can seek some specific information, if needed. Thanks a lot.

    • IF ENG to UK 11 months ago

      Hi! I started my fellowship in UK last year. I am sharing with you the TAXES problem. After a long struggle, finally my family and travel allowance were NOT taxed and are a NET income. The rest of my allowance is taxed according to the UK salary scheme. Of course a part was taken out for the National Insurance. To gain a little bit more I opted out the pension scheme, my husband is not working (due to the fact that he finally left his job to follow me) and I have 2 kids. This way what I get in my pocket is about 2950 pounds. After renting, bills, car insurance, food, school and grocery...we survive! We also can take a flight to go back to Italy twice a year. The first months I was breathless...now I realize we can make it! I choose the low cost shops and online shopping. Hope this can help!

    • Reserve list ENV - GF 11 months ago

      Could someone that is in the the reserve list of the GF of the ENV panel tell if you know your position in the reserve list? (and with what punctuation?)

      Thank you very much!

    • ReserveList 11 months ago

      IF-ENG: I got 90.6% and I'm in the reserve list.

      I contacted the NCP and they told me I was 5th in the reserve list. I do not know how many changes I will have to get the fellowship. Based on previous statistics, it seems that, in average, about 5 proposals from the reserve list are funded.

    • IF-ENG 11 months ago

      Anybody going to UK for IF?

    • IF-France 11 months ago

      Hi,

      I recently got a Marie Curie IF in France. Does anybody know how much taxes have to paid and if being a foreigner we pay less taxes? Thank you!

    • theDude 11 months ago

      Does anyone know where I can find the ranking for this year? Is it available somewhere?

    • Rato_IF-LIF 11 months ago

      Someone know where can i find the statistic for this year? has it been published?

    • zemanel27 11 months ago

      Hi,

      I recently got a Marie Curie IF in Germany. Does anybody know how much taxes have to paid? Thank you!

    • Reserve92 11 months ago

      @CGC_IF

      I submitted a redress last week but haven't heard anything yet. As far as I understood the information, they will reply 15 days after the 30 day redress deadline so I am not expecting to hear anything before mid March.

      @reserve list

      Thanks for the info, if that is correct about 16-17 out of the 50 on reserve would have a realistic chance to get. Someone in my panel wrote a while ago that their NCP told them that he/she was number 14 being only 0.2% away from the cut-off...so still not too much hope.

      @IF-LIF 92.4 - Laura

      Yes, the weighing on the different parts should count then...could be even down to luck I guess if two persons have exactly equal scores and the money for a panel is all used up. But I would assume that at the end everyone at the cut-off gets in from the reserve list.

      These scores really hurt...so close and yet so far...I only had 0.1 Points less in Implementation.

    • Idea 11 months ago

      One course of action that all those on the reserve list can take, is to ask your MEPs to send a written question to the Commission asking for an exceptional increase of the available budget for the Marie Curie program. Indeed, while the budget available decreased of 10.5% since last year, the number of proposals increased of 13%. Which made this year the most difficult ever. If the budget available is increased, for instance of 10-15 million euros, many people on the reserve list will be funded.

    • IF-SOC 11 months ago

      @reserved

      You are 7 on the 50 people SOC reserve list... what is your score, please?

    • CGC_IF 11 months ago

      Does anyone ask for redress of the evaluation? Any replies?

    • reserve list 11 months ago

      It seems that in previous years in average 1/3 of the reserve list obtained the fellowship eventually (but sometimes even half). But some people have to wait until autumn to have the good news. You can use this document to check for last year: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/...

    • IF-LIF 92.4 - Laura 11 months ago

      92,4 and funded.

      Does anyone know why some people at this exact same score wouldn't be funded? I guess that's when the weights of the different parts come into play (in case of ex aequo, your score in Excellence would take priority over the Impact score, which would take priority over the Implementation score).

      In my case I got:

      Excellence - 4,7

      Impact - 4,5

      Implementation - 4,6

    • Reserve92 11 months ago

      Thanks for the info. That seems to support the info from previous years..40-50 people on reserve spread out over ~1% of the points. Seems to be very unlikely to get funding if you are more than 0.2% away from the cut-off

    • reserved 11 months ago

      My NCP was free with the information. She told me that I was 7 on a 50 person reserve list for SOC.

    • IF... 11 months ago

      Get information about the number of people in reserve lists has been imposible after days pushing. Any information?

    • Reserve92 11 months ago

      Yes, those were the cut-offs. There is obviouslly a chance that they take much more people from the reserve (I guess LIF is a big panel) but I would assume from what others wrote here that there are at least 30 people ahead of you. So chances at 91.6% (or even 92%) should be very small.

    • IF-LIF 91.60% 11 months ago

      In the reserve list as well. So was the cut-off for IF-LIF 92.4% and the reserve cut-off 91.4%? I read they usually finance up to 5 people in the reserve so I guess I'm out.

    • The Threshold 11 months ago

      I got 92,2 in the Reintegration panel (RI). So I am exactly in the threshold. Does anybody have access or know how to access the reserve list in this panel?

    • LIF 92.2% 11 months ago

      @withdrawal cases

      If the project is funded from somewhere else, or the applicant gets another position. Or if they can't move country anyway because of new situations with family/partner etc. A lot can happen in the 5 months from application to evaluation.

      But I agree, most people will of course take the grant when offered.

    • withdrawal-cases 11 months ago

      What kind of reasons could be for these people withdrawal their proposals after granted?

    • GeneralInformation 11 months ago

      For those of you in the trenches of the grant preparation: http://mariecurieactions.blogspot.ch/2016/01/if-wh...

    • GeneralInformation 11 months ago

      For those of you in the trenches of the grant preparation: http://mariecurieactions.blogspot.ch/2016/01/if-wh...

    • @leakey 12 months ago

      Dear collegues, is there another page where applicats are commenting their results?

    • IF- looking in the future 12 months ago

      Hello everybody,

      maybe is time for us who have not achieved (THIS YEAR!!) to enter in the Marie Curie Club to share between us different funding possibilities for research projects.

      Since we all spent quite a lot of time for the proposal, it would be a pity not to continue with the research project that we have imagined and put a lot of effort in it.

      One of the "similar" funding scheme could be the Fulbright fund!- do you know any other- let's help each other!:)

      I wish you a great day:)

    • @soc15 12 months ago

      Someone knows how many tenths did the reserve list move in IF-SOC 14? Thanks

    • IF-ENV-Denmark 12 months ago

      Did your guys call the NCP or email them?

      I tried to email them but has not yet heard anything from them.

    • John 12 months ago

      My NCP said the exact position in reserve to my boss... I'm out..

    • Confidential 12 months ago

      My NCP has told me that she can't inform me about my position in the reserve list as it is "a confidential infomation", but Why??

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      IF-ENV-Greece 12 months ago

      Hello everybody. I'm in reserve list with 91%.

      Is there anyone who took a smaller rank than the previous year?

      I don't know if for a given proposal that is being resubmitted there are the same reviewers every year or are changing. Because if they are changing every year nobody can assure as that we'll get better rank next year by improving the comments of this year's reviewers.

      Thanx, and good luck to everyone!

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      The main information on the redress seems to be in the letter that came with the results. There is a link as well to the official redress page which has the information.

      I do not know what they call a valid redress, but I guess it really must be something where you can point out that the information is in the text and they have overlooked it. One point that I will state is that I called a visit to another lab workshop in the whole application and also inserted it as workshop in the Gantt chart and then they have the weekness that my secondment is not in the Gantt chart...so I feel they simply overlooked that everything is there (all my weaknesses seem to be something small like this)...however looking at the redress chances I am not counting on success, additionally it seems that if the redress is successful they reevaluate which could lead to a lower score so one is apparently not directly in if the redress is successful.

      About 10 people on the reserve, I have no idea about SOC but with the number of people writting here a total of 10 on reserve seems to be a very small number (at least for LIF). 14 within 0.2 as written before seems more likely especially as I found some documents from a couple of years ago where they had ~45 people on the reserve list.

    • IF-soc 12 months ago

      on reserve lists: from what I’ve understood speaking to an NCP the reserve list for SOC is only about 10 people. pls correct me if I am wrong, but this was my impression. The NCP gave me exact numbers on the phone about 231 applicants getting it, and then I lost it as I was too numb to note them down… But I recall something along the lines of a very few people ahead of me that were on the reserve, something like 10ish?

    • if-soc 12 months ago

      @Reserve92 where did you get the info on redress? I am definitely not going to question the expertise of the evaluators, but I am thinking of redressing, since I was given 4.8/5 in excellence just because of a weakness they feel exists, which is actually due to them misunderstanding a sentence I wrote. I wrote that x should be similar to y and I will test it out, meaning that it is *probable* that x and y are similar, whereas they understood that x is definitely similar to y. and they found a weakness because I didn’t elaborate upon this similarity (which doesn’t necessarily exist according to my proposal). they had listed 7 strengths in excellence, about highly original, innovative, multi-disciplinary project and then they cut me 0.2 points which would immediately take me in just for a misunderstanding. Do you think I stand any chance of redressing?

    • Why 12 months ago

      I can't understand what's the meaning of reserve list with 30/40 researhers, if there is room (founding) only for a few, Why?

    • EF-ENV-Reserved 12 months ago

      This is really harsh competition on the reserved list. Do your guys know when they will offically start to check people on the reserving list? After one month, two months? Or we need to wait till the next call?

      thansk!!!

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      Thanks for the info...that is crazy. Then there must be at least 40 to 50 people on the reserve list which are still hoping. Really seems that as long as you are not within 0.2% there is not much hope at all.

    • NoWay 12 months ago

      1 point is too much to leave the reserve list.. How many people could be in 1 point, may be 10... may be next year ; (

    • Reserve-IF-LIF-92.2 12 months ago

      Hi all

      I am on the reserve list with 92.2. My NCP told me I am ranked 14. 255 got funding. He was not too optimistic about my chances, and said I should not expect to be contacted until autumn - if at all.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @IF-LIF 92.2%

      Did you push a bit more for your position in the ranking? I wonder if I should give it a try or if it is pointless and they have some weird rule about not telling the rank. At 92.2% you should have a good chance I would assume. I would really like to get a feeling for the ranking and I don't get why they might want to keep that a secret. For me it is a difference if I am number 4 (serious hope for the fellowship) or number 30 (no chance whatsoever).

    • IF-LIF 92.2% 12 months ago

      @Reserve 92: sorry, hadn't refreshed the page - I see you already posted the cut-offs.

    • IF-LIF 92.2% 12 months ago

      Just heard from UKRO that the cut-off for IF-LIF funding was 92.4% (some with this score were funded, others on the reserve list).

      They did not tell me my ranking on the reserve list though. Or how many proposals were funded in IF-LIF in total, does anyone know?

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      I contacted my NCP to get a feeling if it makes more sense to hope for the waiting list or try a redress. In response they send me this list but said they can't give me any more information.

    • EF-ENV-Reserved 12 months ago

      @Reserve92 , where did you get the information about cut-offs?

    • IF-PHY-89 12 months ago

      @cgc-if Here is a link for "Flash Call Info":

      http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/d...

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      First IF then GF

      Panel

      ​Retained List Threshold

      ​Reserve List Threshold

      ​Success Rate %

      ​CHE

      ​90.8

      ​89.4

      ​14

      ​ECO

      ​89.8

      ​87

      ​14.1

      ​ENG

      ​90.6

      ​89.4

      ​14.1

      ​ENV

      ​91.2

      ​90.4

      ​14.1

      ​LIF

      ​92.4

      ​91.4

      ​14.1

      ​MAT

      ​91

      ​90

      ​13.8

      ​PHY

      ​91.2

      ​90.4

      ​14.2

      ​SOC

      ​92.2

      ​90.8

      ​14.3

      ​CAR

      ​91.2

      ​90

      ​13.8

      ​RI

      ​92.2

      ​91

      ​14.6

      Global Fellowships

      ​Panel

      ​Retained List Threshold

      ​Reserve List Threshold

      ​Success Rate %

      ​CHE

      ​94

      ​92.6

      10.3

      ​ECO

      ​94

      ​89.4

      ​13.6

      ​ENG

      ​93.8

      ​92.8

      ​10.8

      ​ENV

      ​93.6

      ​92.6

      ​10.8

      ​LIF

      ​93.8

      ​92.6

      ​11.1

      ​MAT

      ​91.6

      ​90.8

      ​10

      ​PHY

      ​93.4

      ​92.4

      ​10.6

      ​SOC

      ​93.6

      ​93

      ​11.2

    • cgc-if 12 months ago

      where do you find the tab "call documents"?

    • VD 12 months ago

      @Reserve92: Could you share the cut-offs for ALL panels?

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      Hi,

      I just received an email from a NCP so I guess this is not a confidential information with the different cut-offs for ALL the panels but not telling me my position on the reserve list. Apparently for IF-LIF the cut-off was 92.4% (so I guess the one here on the forum with that score is Nr.1 on reserve) and the reserve cut-off is 91.4%. For GF-LIF cut-off was 93.8%.

      I am not quite sure what that means for me personally....I would guess that 92% does not put me under the top5 on the reserve list.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      This is what I found on the MarieCurieblogspot:

      Should there be budget left, the grant preparation phase is launched, according to the ranking list of the B list. This may take up to one year until you are informed if your proposal will be still be funded or not. Experience from recent years shows that no more than 5 proposals - but depending on the panel! - might be funded from the reserve list. It is impossible to foresee or give a valid estimation about the chances for funding.

      From what I have seen on list from earlier years there might be quite long reserve lists (also judging from the people from the Reserve List writing here)...maybe around 40/panel , but all this might be different this year. For my Panel (IF-LIF) the lowest funded from this forum was 92.6 and the highest on reserve 92.4. Hence I guess that my chances at 92% are quite low considering that there was also someone with 92.2 and another one with 92% (+all the ones not posting their scores here).

    • if-soc 12 months ago

      @IF-SOC your NCP should be able to tell you exactly where you are in the reserve list and the chances you have of getting it.

    • IF-SOC 12 months ago

      So the cuttoff is arroud 92.8 and at least 5 people are in the reserve list. Someone knows how many people were in the reserve list last year and how many finally got funding?

    • if-soc 12 months ago

      @IF-SOC for SOC reserve list starts at 90.8, I got 90.4 and 5-6 people above me before reserve. was told by NCP that there were around 1000 applications - I think - over threshold of 70%, and I am 241 or something like that, with up to 231 ranked getting funding

    • IF-PHY 12 months ago

      for this panel, reserve list starts at 91.2. Some proposals with that score are actually in, others are reserve (proposals are ranked within scores).

    • VD 12 months ago

      IF-ENG: 90.6 on the reserve list

    • GF-ENV 12 months ago

      92.8 reserve list

    • GF-ENV 12 months ago

      92.8 reserve list

    • IF-LIF 12 months ago

      92.4% and reserve list

    • IF-SOC 12 months ago

      According to data the reserve list is at some point between 92,9 and 90,5. More data is requiered to be more presise. Thnks for your comments ; )

    • FI_ 12 months ago

      According with the available data the r

    • IF-phys uk 12 months ago

      90.4 reserve list

    • IF-SOC 12 months ago

      92... reserve list!

    • CAR 12 months ago

      I got 91% in CAR and I'm on the reserve list. It is very frustrating when 87.2% was enough last year to succeed in CAR. How is it possible to know one rank, and therefore the probability to be accepted in the weeks or months to come?

    • Reserve91.6 12 months ago

      I also got IF-LIF 91.6% and i'm also on the reserve list. I doubt that we have any chances, as there are also people with 92% or even higher. Guess the cut-off was 92,6 for IF-LIF.

    • Vijay K Dalal 12 months ago

      IF-LIF 91.6%. In Reserve list. Anyone have Idea, what (if any) are the chances of those from reserve list.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      88.2 and out. Any one knows cut-off for ENG panel? I am planning to resubmit. Would be grateful if someone successful is willing to provide their proposal to guide us.

    • RhoPhi 12 months ago

      Any trace of statistics on this year call? would be nice to know the number of received application in each panel and the number of funded ones ... of course cut-off as well!

    • if-soc 12 months ago

      @mariechi, the cutoff for ief soc was 92.8 and the last person on the reserve list was 90.8. I am also out with 90.4 first time as well. were the comments that you received helpful in any way?

    • LAPY 12 months ago

      I am 85 SOC - out of course... I will try again next year with an improvement:)

      but anyway, is there any similar funding scheme like Marie Curie ??

      Any suggestion?

    • IF-LIF first time 12 months ago

      I got 96 in LIF and I'm in.Very happy, especially as this is the first time I try. As read here and heard from friends, cut off for LIF seems to be around 92 this year.

    • IF-Chem 12 months ago

      @ John, tough luck, but then you know you're in pretty good shape already for next round. Surprising that the cutoff has shifted so much, last years cutoff for funding was 89.6, with a reserve of 88...

    • mariechi 12 months ago

      Hi all, my proposal (IEF-SOC) was rejected with 85.80, sad of course, but still not too bad for a first attempt. Anyone who was successful or got in the reserve list? As I understand, thresholds for SOC are generally very high...

    • john 12 months ago

      I'm in reserve list for CHEM with 89.6 reading the comment I think I'm one of the last in the list... no chance to be invited :(.

    • if-soc 12 months ago

      @if-phys the NCPs do know about these things. they can even tell you where exactly on the list you are. and I don’t think it is a secret, so they could share such info

    • IF-Chem 12 months ago

      Reserve list with 90.2. For some reason I can't find the basic info like amount of applicants and cut-offs. Congrats to all who have got it btw!

    • if-phys 12 months ago

      Me too, reserve with 91.2. There is a case of acceptance with 92 reported below. It would be nice to know if somebody got it with 91.X.

      Apparently, in previous calls people knew the cutoff score, and even their position on the reserve list. I infer from the comments here that this year we are all in the dark. Are NCPs supposed to know about these details? Are they willing to let people know?

    • if-phys 12 months ago

      reserve with 91.2

    • IOF SOC Greece 12 months ago

      Has anyone got results for GF-SOC?

      I got 92.8 and I am rejected

    • DWK 12 months ago

      Anyone knows cutoff in ENG?

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @IF-ENV

      As far as I can see the comments here are the only real indication for the moment if you don't find a nice NCP who would tell you (i think they are not supposed to say). As far as I can see all panels require something definetly higher than 91%.

    • IF-ENV 12 months ago

      Out with 86.2%...first attempt after my PhD. Is there a way to know what was the threshold for the ENV panel?

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      As I understand it the redress only makes sense if

      1) The point that you address was would be sufficient to get you over cut-off otherwise it was just a minor comment and your application anyway failed due to other reason

      2) The expertise of the reviewers is out of the question

      3) If point 1 is true you are most probably on the reserve list. The redress leads to a re-evaluation which might result in a lower score so it is a gamble.

      So the figure on successful redress cases illustrates that pretty well.

      I would say if you are more than 1.5% away from the cut-off I wouldn't bother.

      The whole evaluation seems very random and none of the comments are of any help for my research and my scientific career.

      They say great place, great host, great candidate and great and feasible project.

      And then I loose the point because I call a visit to another lab workshop, they consider it as a secondment and complain that it is only as a workshop in the Gantt chart )(while I never call it secondment?)...thank you for this great advise.

      I say I want to become a group leader in Europe afterwards and they complain: Yes, but WHERE?...thank you...great advise. I can't even complain about the knowledge of the reviewers as they where so positive about everything but failing basically on one sentence to specify WHERE I will work after the fellowship feels extremely random.

    • ENV_Ita 12 months ago

      This selection is seriously f***ed up.

      I applied a second time after last year rejection, improving on every single point they criticized last year.

      So this year they managed to criticize some things that were praised in my first attempt, even if they are exactly the same (like the quality of the hosting arrangement, great last year but not good enough this year, even if I almost didn't change a word...)

      Then they say I did not tailor enough my public engagement strategy. I had planned high school lessons and meetings with the public at my university, plus the creation of a website to explain the main concept and findings of my research. Isn't is tailored enough? Should I go door to door to talk to people?

      This was the only weakness on the impact part, enough to cut to 4.2/5 even if the rest of the communication strategy (scientific and to industries) was appreciated.

      Then they say I didn't consider the parameterization problem for my model and its validation. HELL NO I didn't!!! It's a conceptual model! There are no parameters nor validations!!!

      Finally, they say conferences are insufficiently addressed in the work plan. I indicated the conferences I want to participate (and plans for scientific communication were praised a few lines above!) and I specified dates were not yet available (because they are planned almost 3 years after proposal deadline!!).

      I saw the proposal of other people who got funded and they did exactly like me and they had no problems on that.

      I am so pissed...so bloody pissed!

      Is this the kind of treatment and attention we receive after the huge effort required for preparing such proposal?

      I can't believe it!

      I would be ok with a fair evaluation and rejection, but this is unacceptable...

    • LIF97% 12 months ago

      I should have add I am eastern european in UK

    • LIF97% 12 months ago

      I am in with 97% in LIF.

      That was my second attempt.

      Last year for the same project I got 87%. It clearly was't enough.

      I was angry and frustrated, and I quite couldnt agree the the evaluation comments.

      Once the emotions were back to normal, I just had a second look at my proposal, I improved every single part which was pointed out as a weakness and it resulted in the successful application.

      I kind of get why they put so much effort into the so called bla bla part rather than science.

      At this stage most of our projects are pretty great.

      My advice for everyone who will try again is to look at the evaluation carefully and leaving the emotions on the site. Even if you find some comments ridiculous they are there to help you get the points which will strengthen the proposal next time. They pretty much tell you what to write.

      Also, ask for help people at the grant office at your host institution. They had plenty of experience and their help and suggestions can be really helpful.

    • IF-ENV 12 months ago

      Reserve list with 90.6 IF-ENV

    • IF-ENV 12 months ago

      IN with 94.60% in ENV, 14. 20% more than last year with the same project; after addressing major changes!

      Good luck to everyone!

    • DWK 12 months ago

      According to the 2012 FP7 monitoring report, redress cases leading to re- evaluation were 72 among 3,160 requests during 2007-2012.

    • if-phys uk 12 months ago

      In with 92.4%

    • xxx 12 months ago

      Please, anyone who has experience with redressing will be very useful to share here. When you request a redress do you need to give a justification for any weakness the reviewers have putted in your ESR. Or there is an online format that you have to follow. Please anyone who know how to ....

    • SOC2016 12 months ago

      IF-SOC 92 reserve list

    • Elsa 12 months ago

      Out with 85.2, first attempt, in the Humanities, Standard Action. Me and host institution are both from/at western institutions.

      The researcher supposed to supervise me at the host university wrote me that he thinks that the comments raised by the evaluators are either besides the point, or just generic and cannot be taken seriously.

      We lost mostly points in the risk part, the quality management (?), the application of the project (well... I have a LOT to say about application, but sure they don't wanna hear it), about the work plan (which is unjustified, I made an *extremely* detailed plan in addition to the gantt chart), and somehow one reviewer thought I was changing field, which is not at all the case. ;-)

      Evidently, there was 100% nobody from my field evaluating (what we did not expect anyway, but we hoped they can distinguish between political theory, ethics, law, sociology and psychology; well, ehm no, they cannot ;)).

      Good luck to everyone. :)

      For me it is fortunately not a big drama, I did not count on it and (for the moment) fortunately I have a few other options. It just would have been "nice-to-have".

      But we did not have too high expectations: quite radical topic and both from countries that, ehm, are currently not too much appreciated by the European Union.

    • RomanianFox 12 months ago

      I think I will try a redress procedure, even by forcing the hand of my host supervisor. I am an environmental chemistry and I was judged by fucking reviewers that have very poor knowledge in environmental chemistry or microbiology

    • DWK 12 months ago

      @Rob

      "Log on to the Participant Portal, go to My Area - My Proposal(s) and click the Follow-up (FO) button."

      btw anybody in ENG panel?

    • Rob 12 months ago

      Hi there,

      I am still confuse where you can check the evaluation..

      Thanks

      R.

    • phys 12 months ago

      IF-PHYS in with 92.0

    • EF-ENV Denmark 12 months ago

      @ Reserve92

      Thanks. I was so angry that I didn't even check the letter ;) Just the evaluation. I wonder if it makes any sense to try redress, but I'll consider.

      In the Impact part I got 8 strengths/0 weaknesses - 4.9

    • EF-ENV Denmark 12 months ago

      @Reserve92

      Thanks. I was so angry that I didn't even check the letter ;) Just the evaluation. I wonder if it makes sense to try a redress... But

      I'll consider.

      In Impact part I had 8 strengths and 0 weaknesses - 4.9...

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @EF-ENV Denmark

      Maybe the rumors about just loosing points for weaknesses is also not entirely true..I guess you need to get some points for strengths as well...

      I got 15 strengths/1 weakness-4.7

      8 strengths/2 weaknesses- 4.5

      11 strengths/3 weaknesses-4.5

      so I would guess that the strengths somehow balance out the weaknesses...just a guess.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @EF-ENV Denmark

      You can always try a redress, however the chances are extremely low:

      http://mariecurieactions.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/i-...

      and apparently you can't complain about the reviewers knowledge of the fields as far as I understood.

      I got a link to the redress form in the information letter.

    • EF-ENV Denmark 12 months ago

      Rejected with 89,4, but the reviews are just silly. Looks like they had no idea about my field. Also I didn't get a full score for one part, even though there were no weaknesses. How all these could be? It's so unprofessional. Applying for such a prestigious grant, I assumed that reviewers should have at least a basic knowledge in the field. Otherwise, what is the point to be evaluated by just random people?

      Do you know guys if there is any way to send the complain to the European Commission?

      Anyway, congrats to those who get it.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @Joker

      Thanks for the clarification!

      Yes, GF seems to require a higher score usually.

      Good luck!

    • Joker 12 months ago

      AH ok, sorry I misunderstood. I am indeed GF-LIF with 93% and I'm on the reserve list.

    • Joker 12 months ago

      Hmm. So someone with a lower score than me made it, and I'm on the reserve list... Maybe because mine was for a GF (outgoing), or maybe for equal opportunities. So be it. I am all for gender/background equality.

      So I bet my chances are pretty high even though I'm on the reserve list... But it still sucks :)

    • IF_phys_arg 12 months ago

      Does someone know the cut off in phys panel_if ?

    • CHEM_ 12 months ago

      I got 90.2(Chem). I'm in reserve list.

    • soc_out 12 months ago

      and I made a mistake

      info@vitanovadom.hr

    • soc_out 12 months ago

      @ EA

      if you (or somebody else) would be so kind to send me proposal..as help for the next year... info@vitanova.hr

    • GF-ENG 12 months ago

      93.8, wait list

    • EA 12 months ago

      SOC, 93 In

    • IF-LIF 12 months ago

      93.0% IF-LIF and got it!!

    • IF-LIF 12 months ago

      93.0% IF-LIF and got it!!

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @LIF92.2%

      @Joker

      Yes, that is quite odd. One of the must be wrong. Sure that the 93% is not for GF-LIF? If 93% is still reserve for IF-LIF, that would put me right at the very bottom. Did I read correctly that last year you go it at 90.6% in IF-LIF?

    • FZ32.5 12 months ago

      93.2. Got it!

    • LIF 92.2% 12 months ago

      @Reserve92: yes, IF-LIF

      @Joker: that's odd, someone posted they got the IF-LIF with 92.6%

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      Eastern Europe, not EU, first time applying directly after PhD and got in with 96.4%. So, if there is some, than I wasn't part of non-west european conspiracy. Good luck all!

    • Joker 12 months ago

      93.0% IF-LIF. Reserve list :(.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @LIF 92.2%

      I guess this is IF-LIF as well? Then you should be well ahead of me in the reserve list. I would guess my chances to get the funding are quite low then.

      Thanks for the info!

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      Come on guys, stop argueing on how many conferences you are supposed to put in your proposals etc. It is the system who fails us. These days, a good proposal is not based on how interesting you work is, or how passionate you feel about your research. It has become a bureaucratic bullshit of a lot of things that not necessarily related to the scientific merit itself.

      The main issue here is that we shall never consider research as a way of making a living. If you look through science history, you will find most scientists in the past only did it because they liked it, and they had a very wealthy family to support them for doing so.

    • GF-ENG-WAITLIST 12 months ago

      Hello everyone, I got a score of 92.8 and have been put on reserve list. I formulated my propsal from scratch with no input from anyone, found partner university through literature when I first got interested in the topic, and had absolutely no support from my group or my supervisor who has not even read the proposal. I am proud to get such a score but getting the funding would have set me on the path towards something incredible. I love research, I live it. But I think it is time for me to leave europe because I see no other ways to get support. In the country I am in, it is impossible to get funding for a foreigner like me although I have stayed in europe for 8 years now and have been educated here. I am leaving Europe coz frankly this is not a place to be for a independent researcher like me.

      What do you guyz think? DDo I have any chance of getting the funding? Does panel matter when in the waiting list?

    • IF_EF_reserved 12 months ago

      anyone know the cut-offs for ENV-EF? I have 91.2, on the reserve list.

    • LIF 92.2% 12 months ago

      I got 92.2% for LIF and am on the reserve list...

      Haven't been able to find a list of threshold values for funding and reserves this year. But I did read one place that it will take 3 months - 1 year before we hear anything more... A bit disheartening as it has major impact on our housing situation, my kids' school etc.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      Has anyone any idea about the cut-offs for IF-LIF? Or the likelihood of moving up from the reserve list? Will the NCPs tell you your position of the reserve list if you ask them? Is anyone here with a score between 92 and 92.6%?

      Thanks

    • IF-RI 12 months ago

      91.4 & on the reserve list

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      It seems many of you don't believe my "bias against non-white researchers" thing. So let me give you an example, I work in a well-recognised research group in Japan on a project collaborating with an equally well-recoginised western Europe group. Basically we produce raw materials and the European group tests them. The European group submitted a manuscript half a year ago on the characterisation of the materials we provided. Since I am the co-author of that paper, I had a chance to read it before submission. I was astonished by the poor quality of the work, they simply used the same sample we sent for all the expierments. It was almost like a joke, because once you tested it, this sample will never be the same again, so all the comparison work means nothing. Howver the comments for this manuscript was like "congratulations for the awesome work", I almost laughed when I read the comments. But for us, the Japanese, when we submitted a way much better quality manuscript later that year to the same reviewers (the Europeans are still on the author list, just not the first few authors), we received a bunch of harsh comments, questioning the quality of the work. Apparently they suddenly became very picky once they noticed the first author has a non-white name.

    • DWK 12 months ago

      anybody in ENG panel?

    • GF-SOC 12 months ago

      91 and I am out

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      What I can hardly understand is that why the western Europe would rather inviting refugees to enter their countries than having skilled researchers to help them to build a better Europe.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @GF-LIF

      Yes, in 3 years its easier to get to 10 conferences. I might have done the mistake that I only put in enough "training" so that I consider that the project is still feasible for me in 2 years with my other commitments.

      It was my first application and I did it all by myself so I guess 92% are not to bad. There comments are quite specific and I think I addressed them in my proposal so I will see if that gets me anywhere (I know below 91% or with more general comments there is no point). If not, its not the end of the world as I was lucky enough to get FEBS and EMBO funding where the bureaucracy doesn't count so much. So, I can do my research for the next couple of years and Marie Curie would have been just a nice salary boost. It is just amazing how so minor details which have nothing to do with my CV or my research (or even the outreach) make the difference between an application which is rejected (92%) and one that gets it at 92.6%.

    • ... 12 months ago

      actually in my field, if you don't get a fellowship or grant somehow, you can forget about getting a permanent research position because they are only very few permanent positions in total (all over the world). And the MSCAs are the ones with the highest success rates of all the grants/fellowships one can apply to. So if you're not getting one of those, or something similar after 1-2 postdocs, you can basically forget your academic research career and go find some industry job or just be unemployed like most others that didn't get in.

    • IF-LIF 12 months ago

      @GF-LIF "And I get the impression, that that is actually what they are looking for, for people that do not need the MCA but whom it might provide an additional push towards European excellence."

      That's totally wrong, I have seen people with 1 very low impact publication after 4 years of PhD and 1 year of postdoc and a very dull proposal getting it. Seen people with 20+ publication with 5+ authorship in Nature alike and super solid novel proposal with the same amount of experience not getting it.

      My take home is that this MC, more than any other funding, is mostly random, even if you get a good proposal and top track record. I wish I had known this before spending time writing a good proposal that turns out to be almost useless for any other funding body because the MC is almost the only scheme that stresses training. Not really about excellence or elitism just random. Good for our EU research schemes, will hurt us on the long term. I feel like US (e.g. NSF) fellowship are not as random.

    • Waiting for results 12 months ago

      Hello everybody. My submission was rejected last year and today i am waiting the result of my 'revised' submission. I would say, that, everybody should, first of all, try to do what he/she likes most. That is: Do you like scientific research? Then fight for it, don't let rejections discourage you, or age limits that society puts to you. Even if you are 40 years old, for example, SO WHAT? Also the evaluators are people, with advantages and weaknesses. Certainly, they may not be necessarily more expert or more intelligent than 'us'. So, be humble but at the same time follow your dreams! Don't give up ;)

    • GF-ENVout 12 months ago

      Hi, I got 90.6, out in GF-ENV. The comments are just joke. The "weakness" is that the project is too ambitious (WTF), the project does not detail how it will lead to my independence (I detailed 3 grants I intend to apply for). The conclusion I have: do not frame your MC applications on successful ones. What I did I tried to follow proportions and amounts of detail based on 5-6 successful apps this year, and still the evaluators think that some sections lack detail (how the heck is detail to be provided within 9 pages, and how come it's not detailed with 11 font, minute margins and single spacing!) Disappointing and I'd say - unfair, you'd get better chances tossing coins I guess :]

    • GF-LIF 12 months ago

      @Reserve92:

      I have a small child as well (and a house and a husband).

      It's ten conferences in three years (the IF-GF is 24+12 month) with ~3 per year. An that is doable, especially when my hosts host some of those themselves, I probably will have attend anyway and they are usually not a whole week, just a few days.

      @IF-ENG: Not getting MCA shouldn't cost you your future. It is a very elite thing and only few people get in at all. Nobody should count on getting in. I didn't. I never do with any proposal. And I get the impression, that that is actually what they are looking for, for people that do not need the MCA but whom it might provide an additional push towards European excellence. I think all the applicants have the potential and the "wet lab skills". What they are looking for is a magic combination that only few achieve and it will not be obvious why one person got in and another didn't. And this kind of luck applies to every funding proposal.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @IF-RI:

      I am actually not sure whether this friend of my future boss get it right, as I mentioned previously, it might also have something to do with how many positive points you get.

      But anyway my own theory is that our proposals just simply didn't catch the eyes of the revieweres, so all they have to do next is to find some excuses to kill it. So we'd better find some sexy topics for next year, like cancer cures, machine learning etc.

      For me, I will switch my panel from ENG to SOC, my proposal topic will be "how the all-white MSCA evaluators subconsciously murdered all the non-white candidates" I hope I will get it.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      I particularly don't like this "tune your language in a way so that the reviewers outside your area can also understand" thing. I would say if the EC fails to find an appropriate reviwer to evaluate my proposal, it is MSCA fails me, not me fails MSCA. Did Marie Curie herself has to worry about whether the general public will not understand what she is doing? I seriously doubt it. Now it apparently costs my future.

      I sincerely hope for all the reviewers, they will realise that what they are evaluating is not a simple paper, it is actually someone's future career. So even if they have to evaluate like 20+ proposals in two weeks on top of their own work, they will still take it very seriously. For papers we can always submit it to another journal, but for proposals, we might have to wait for another year to apply again, and for some, they might not have the luxury to wait for another year, like me whom sits exactly on the border line of 5 yrs of post-doc experience, I am in fact not eligible for most of the fellowships from this year. Sadly I might have to consider change of career very soon, as my last hope was murdered by some careless evaluators.

    • IF-RI 12 months ago

      @hoart: i had no email yet and not heard from my supervisor either about an email. I simply checked the portal and there were the documents under follow up.

      @ENG: if each weakness costs us 0.3 points, how come with one weakness in Impact I got only 4.3/5? and for the rest it doesn't really match either.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @GF-LIF

      I don't know. I am probably at the Number 1 university in Europe (at least top 5) and my host is also top in his field so I don't think that was the problem.

      Just 10 conferences in 2 years sounds completely insane (sorry to say that). I have attended one big conference every year and that is already stressing out my wife since I have a small child. With 10 conferences (+workshops, training courses and not to forget outreach) I wouldn't get anything of this project done. I think the amount that I wrote is the highest realistic level (at least for someone with a family). Moreover, that they complain that I don't know where in Europe I am planning to be a PI is weird...4 month after my PhD defense.

    • IF-RI 12 months ago

      I'm out of RI with 83.6 (first time applicant). Some weaknesses are a bit stupid like for impact the only weakness is "The positive impact of staying two more years at the current institute has not been convincingly demonstrated". And that landed me 4.2 out of 5, so they deducted quite a lot from that. But HELLO? it's the REINTEGRATION PANEL! the whole point is that you can stay longer in one place with that one. Oh well. Congrats to everyone who got it! Does anyone know the cut off score for RI?

    • IF-ENG-Cf 12 months ago

      Did all of you get the results already by email or had to log into your Portal to download the comments? Thank you!

    • IF-LIF 12 months ago

      4.4 on Excellence - 15 positive points like

      - "The research objectives of the proposal are well outlined and the expected results and their importance are adequately remarked" -

      - "The researcher has a good publishing record, including several first-author papers, in good and very good journals (Nature, Nature Genetics,

      Nature Communications)"

      2 negative:

      -"- Practical and administrative measures for the hosting of the researcher are insufficiently described."

      - "The researcher has only a limited level of experience in lab work. Even though the researcher is a very good computational biologist, the lack

      of skills and experimental validations could be a problem."

      Isn't Marie Currie fellowship focused on training? Feels a bit like a joke.

    • GF-LIF 12 months ago

      addendum: ok, I have two studies and two degrees (medical and science), so it might be a little bit my CV as well, but not so much solely publications I think.

    • GF-LIF 12 months ago

      mh, my last comment got eaten... I don't think I got in solely bc of MY excellence. I don't have Nature papers and I don't think you need them. I have a slightly above average publication status in terms of count and I published consistently 2-3 papers/year, but pretty average Impact (mean IF ~4). I think the most important thing is: excellence of the hosting partners (and probably their suitability for the project). That is something the reviewers stated multiple times positively. I was just determined (and lucky) enough to get really great hosting institutes (btw, I initiated the first contact during a local conference, back then I didn't know them personally). It doesn't have to be Ivy League, but something that is known in the EU. Also, my research area is a little hyped right now. That probably contributed as well.

      And as a last comment: I listed 3-4 specific conferences per project year (10 in total) in the GANTT chart. My GANTT chart was also favoribly mentioned in the evaluation.

    • DC 12 months ago

      On the reserve list in SOC with 91.4. The evaluation comments are merely grotesque (ie they say my "publication record is moderate": well, I only got two PhDs in different languages and disciplines within the last two years, and no less than 5 peer-rewied articles...)

    • GF-IF below threshold 12 months ago

      Absolutely unbelievable! I got only 67%, this is a re-submission despite that I have vastly improved my proposal. Last year I got 77%, it was the same proposal, same lab, same proposed PI. I felt the comments are largely unfair. I was questioned for my independent thinking, not enough publication, project being over ambitious for the applicant? Do they actually know me?

      I wrote and designed the proposal all by myself, true that I do not have nature papers, but I have 10 publications after 2.5yrs of PhD.

      This is the last time for me to apply, as it seems like if I don't have a nature paper, I will never get it, even if they like my project design, they will deliberately find excuses to shoot me down. It does not deserve my time and efforts.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      For god sake, the first time when I read the comment "the researcher and the supervisor works in a very similar area, so that the transfer of knowledge is not apparent" I got really confused, since our research area is in fact, quite different. Now I finally understand, it's only because the names of our two fields sound similar, although in reality, they are quite different. Apparently the reviewer has no idea of the differences between the two, and thought they are the same thing. I really hate this, people keep saying that you need to keep this in mind that the reviewers are more likely outside your area, so you need to write in a plain language so they can understand. I have been very careful with this, and make sure that the story I told can be understood by anyone. But apparently it is not good enough, the reviewer certainly failed to differentiate two different disciplines. What really sad is that I actually mentioned it in my proposal, the reviewer simply failed to spot it. Guess next time when I write a proposal, I need to highlight most of the texts which I think the reviewers might overlook...

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @IF rand:

      This is indeed very odd, maybe the friend of my host supervisor was wrong as well. Maybe you have to get certain amount of positive points to be qualified as 5, then the points will be deducted from there.

    • IF Rand 12 months ago

      @ IF-ENG

      Strange, my second section has several strengths and only one listed weakness.

      Weaknesses

      - The scientific output of the fellowship in terms of publications and contributions to conferences is not adequately described.

      It still got 3.90 out of 5. I guess not saying specifically which journals you plan to publish what in for the next 2 years is worth 1.1.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      @IF-ENG

      Thanks for the insight.

      The comments that I got are extremely minor details and have nothing to do with my CV (hell, I got a Nature and Nature Review Molecular Cell Biology First author during my PhD and I am 8 month after my PhD now+6 more papers). Since, I think at least 3 of the comments are not justified and I know that the cut-off was less than 0.6% away I think I will contact a NCP.

      -e.g. -There are no descriptions about the plan after this fellowship in terms of where the researcher intends to continue their research activities.

      I wrote 3 times that I want to be a group leader (+topic) in academia in an EU country. Are they really suggesting that I should know which country or city I go to to get a group leader position 8 month after my PhD defense? I am a Eu citizen, I will stay in the Eu and I don't really care in which EU country I live (spent more than 5 years in 3 different countries and live now in country Number 4).

      or:

      - There is insufficient information provided on which conferences the researcher will attend for dissemination purposes.

      I state 2 conferences with name/date and topic...(also included in Gantt chart) so I have no idea what more they would have wished for?

      So I guess these points lost me the funding...

    • Ind_Che 12 months ago

      Guys I feel sorry for those who did not get it and congrats to those who got it. I am going to apply for this year ('m fresh PhD student).

    • if-SOC-rejected 12 months ago

      @IF-SOC sorry to hear that, have the same feeling. how did you score? I was 4.8 excellence, 4.2 impact, 4.3 implementation

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      For my case, it's even worse, the third reviewer actually failed to spot the identical comment.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      Just talked to my proposed supervisor, he also fell most of the comments are groundless. He happens to have a friend who is an evaluator for MSCA, so now I have a bit insight of how the evaulation was done. There will be 3 reviewers for each proposal, as most of us already knew. But what we don't know is that only two of them will independently review our proposal, while the third person is only in charge of combining all the comments together and make sure the same comments from two reviewers are combined into one. Also he mentioned the strength doesn't matter, and each weakness point will cost you around 0.3 out of 5. To make it simple, if the each of two reviewers managed to list one weakness from each criteria, then you will get two weakness points for each criteria (unless both of them mention the same weakness), this means you are pretty much out, would be hard to get more than 90% in this case. So you see the problem here? Sure reviewers will try to spot at least one weakness in each criteria, so your fate is totally relying on whether the comments from the two reviewers are the same or not. Even though each individual of them may consider your proposal excellent, but if they somehow come up with entirely different comments, then you are gone.

    • IF-LIF 12 months ago

      @Reserve92

      I got 92.6 and I am in. I think all this thing is becoming awful. This is my second MC and I got the first one in 2012 with 90.3. It seems that competition is increasing in a crazy way and a lot of projects seem excellent!

    • IF-SOC 12 months ago

      Out with 90,20, first time I apply and quite disappointed.

    • reserve_list__CHEM 12 months ago

      anybody in CHEM go it, below 90.5?

    • DWK 12 months ago

      Do NOT wait e-mail.

      If your evaluation is released, then you can find ESR and letter on the portal.

      In my case, I viewed ESR 5 hours ago.

      But e-mail has been sented little while ago.

    • ZZ 12 months ago

      I got in with 92 on IF-ENV panel. Btw, I am from a developing country, in the UK right now and going to Italy.

      Don't give up.. even if it is a lottery you will only have a chance of winning if you play. Best of luck to everybody.

    • Hoart 12 months ago

      Sorry - clearly the emails do not go out simultaneously. Is anyone else an RI applicant? And if so, have you heard?

    • Hoart 12 months ago

      Do the e-mails go out all at one time?

    • DWK 12 months ago

      Is there anyone who got a point between 90.0 and 91.6 in ENG panel?

    • ARQ IF 12 months ago

      78% in SOC, I'm out. It was my first time. In my case comments are very useful.

    • IF-Plum 12 months ago

      @Reserve92

      I got 92,8 and I got it

      It was my second try, same project, same lab, 5 more points this year.

    • EF-ENV-FR 12 months ago

      @IF-SOC Thanks. That's encouraging.

    • Reserve92 12 months ago

      Hi,

      Does anybody know the cut-offs for LIF-IF? I got 92 and I am on the reserve list. I know of someone else who got 93.2 and got the fellowship.

      Also, they made very specific comments for me which I am sure I have addressed them. I know chances of redress are very low but since I am not extremely far away from the cut-off I guess it would be enough to proof that I addressed one point. E.g.

      There is insufficient information provided on which conferences the researcher will attend for dissemination purposes.

      I clearly state 3 conferences with name and place (also in Gantt chart), so I don't get this point.

      Do you think there is any chance?

    • xxx 12 months ago

      This was my first and it will be my last time I applied. I feel sorry that I had to wait and waste my time, when I could send the proposal for other funding.

      The comments in ERS are so irrelevant to the proposal. I was told that if you are not from western part of Europe the chances are very small to get selected. I tried and I am convinced.

    • xxx 12 months ago

      iF-SOC-rejected

      Thnx!

      This was my the first and it will be my last time I applied. I feel sorry that I had to wait and waste my time, when I could send the proposal for other funding.

      The comments in ERS are so irrelevant to the proposal.

      I was told that if you are not from western part of Europe the chances are very small to get selected. I tried and I am convinced.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      I know I sound like a sore loser here, but what I really would like to see is the stats not only showing the nationalities of the successful applicants, but also the unsuccessful ones, so we can figure out for instance, whether the researchers from France or Germany have a better chance to win this lottery than the researchers from India, China, or any other developing countries.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @xxx:

      I would like to share mine as well:

      Strength:

      Researcher has a strong track record on ITEM A, demonstrating his capacity to blablabla.

      Weakness:

      Training related to ITEM A is not sufficiently discussed.

      I just fell WTF, if I am so good in ITEM A, then why on earth I should mention a lot on it (I did mention it actually, like two lines), when training on ITEM B is the main goal for me, which I elaborated in length.

    • iF-SOC-rejected 12 months ago

      @xxx the evaluation review does not make any sense - and this is what they want - since it doesn’t apply to the comments and grades given by the reviewers. So, you cannot have a different reviewer going through your proposal and grading you anew. It is only related to administrative faults that you have noticed - for example if the calculation of the final score is wrong, etc

    • GF-LIF 12 months ago

      Just got the Email. I'm in. Was a bit difficult to find the actual evaluation on the website. I have 96 in GF-LIF. Btw, first time applicant going from Germany overseas :) Good luck all!

    • xxx 12 months ago

      Is anyone going to make a request for ‘evaluation review’ and do you thnk is a good idea

    • xxx 12 months ago

      I just want to share this with some who were concerned about their CV and this is to show you that: if they want to reject you they will find something in your proposal.

      '' The researcher has a very good track of publications and a very good potential to reach a position of professional maturity''.

      However I am out bcs of these weaknesses:

      Excellence

      The quality of the training on the ab initio modelling and on pharmacological issues is difficult to evaluate, because the

      discussion lacks details.

      Impact

      - Intellectual property issues are not sufficiently discussed.

      Implementation

      Milestones are insufficiently discussed.

      - tasks related to computations are discussed with insufficient details.

      - The appropriateness of risk management and mitigation measures is difficult to evaluate, because the discussion is not detailed enough.

      The evaluators got completely out of my field of expertise. They even expected some pharmacological knowledge from my side.

    • Agata 12 months ago

      I had 97 in LIF, I am in.

    • Rpp 12 months ago

      Does anyone know if the position of the reserve list are available? I can't find it. Thank you!

    • Rpp 12 months ago

      Does anyone know if the position of the reserve list are available? I can find it. Thank you!

    • IF-SOC-rejected 12 months ago

      I am out with 90.4 in SOC (first try). The evaluators were trying to find things to cut me. Clearly not their field. They focused on the impact and implementation to cut points - got 4.8 in excellence just because of one sentence I had that I didn’t elaborate upon. Good luck to everyone!

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @IF 2015,

      I feel the exact same, I am also from a developing country, but now work in a developed country as a post-doc. In this country, being able to secure funding is the utmost important factor when applying for an academic position, well I think this is pretty much the case for any countries these days. So I really give a lot hope on this fellowship, and hope that it will be the stepstone for me to succeed. And now this hope is gone, and I am probably too old to try it again next year, even though there is no age limit for it. Completing a Marie Curie fellowship at late 30 is probably not much of a boost for your career anyway.

    • Dan 12 months ago

      I am in! 91.60 in ENG panel.

    • CGC-IF 12 months ago

      In the reserve list with 92.0 in IF-LIF. Anyone in a similar situation?

    • xxx 12 months ago

      I am out! The comments of the evaluators are ridiculous. Just because I mention some where in the proposal that besides I will get experimental training (which is the main work) I will also get SOME chemistry computational experience. Now the evaluators focused on computational training like it was my main subject of study.

    • CHE_RL 12 months ago

      I am out in CHE with 89.8, does anybody know cutoffs?

    • dan 12 months ago

      hey I don´t see anything to download to check the results... can someone point me how to access to the right link? Where is it?

    • RomanianFox 12 months ago

      Well the evaluators are selected from all the EU country. I saw many Romanians in the list of evaluators. I thing the key point is if they like or not your proposal...

    • IF 2015 12 months ago

      Well, this opportunity is gone. I had one of the best groups from Western European (WE) in my research field supporting me this time. I don't know whether they will support me next time. Reading about this bias based comments especially coming from Eastern European about WE is lousy (sorry if it offends anyone). Coming from a non-EU developing country and struggling to survive everyday, this opportunity was not just another opportunity, but it was a way to get hope, learn and get exposure to international research expertise. Alas.......

    • IF_phys_arg 12 months ago

      90.2, I am out.... Best luck for every one

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      I don't even know how to call this, it's not exactly racial discrimination. This is more like evaluators from the "developed" world against researchers from the "less developed" world. For these evaluators, all they have in their mind is to make sure most of the money will go to the western European researchers. I have a friend from western Europe who got the fellowship last year with a ridiculously high score (over 97), he only had 6 publications in total (including 2nd, 3rd author papers) at the time of application. Even though we work in the same field, I fell hard to grasp what he was trying to say in the proposal. Imagine if this person is from somewhere outside Europe, he will more likely not even make the threshold.

    • Rebeca 12 months ago

      No news here.... I am afraind of being looking in the wrong place. Where did you read the rejection and the marks? I am in participant portal, my proposals and I click follow up every 5 minuts....

    • LAPY 12 months ago

      85 % SOC ( I am out:(

      Comments are absourd- not concrete:(

    • Rebeca 12 months ago

      I think that I have to wait because I do not find anything new in my site... but could you please let me know where did you find the recetions or not? I am afraid of being looking in the wrong place.... thank you

    • IEF-LIFuck 12 months ago

      90/100 out. No reserve

    • bea 12 months ago

      @ IF-ENG

      yes I have the sam feeling...my impact has just one comment, mentioned twice (one after other) and score is 3.8 :)

      but it is also my mistake, I mentioned it on two pages before and not again in impact

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @romanianfox:

      So my advice is don't borther. Right now I have to say I fully agree with the comment of MSCAEF, I think once the evaluators noticed that you are not from western Europe, they already made up their mind to bring you down. So no matter how carefully you addressed all the possible points, they will always find something else. In my case, they actually used the same weakness twice to bury my proposal. What I hate the most is how vague their comments are, always about something not sufficiently addressed. I reckon they only do this to get themselves out of trouble, because it will be very hard for us to argue with them and make a strong case against these vague comments. I saw some successful proposals in the past, I am pretty sure that most of the comments we received can also be applied to those "successful" proposals.

    • iss UK 12 months ago

      Hi, I was rejected too and with same weaknesses that Romanian, and I get un score lower that two years ago. It´s amazing, unreal....

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @romanianfox:

      I started to realise they can always find some excuses not to give you the money, it's either this item is not sufficiently addressed, or that item is not adequately discussed. I cannot help but wondering how sufficient is sufficient? I guess they simply glance through the proposal, and then make a quick decision whether it should be funded or not (they must have a pretty good idea that we will need at least 90 points to be selected), so all they have to do in the next is to find few excuses (probably from a basket of excuses) enough to bring your score down to below the cut-off.

    • Kate 12 months ago

      Got 90 in CAR panel, life sciences. On the waiting list. Do not give it much chance, but lets see. Good luck to everyone!

    • bea 12 months ago

      soc, 76%, pretty low score ..I was expecting at least 85 :) Lot of the comments make sence, but some of them are really funny... It would be nice to see some successful proposal

    • IF-ENG-K 12 months ago

      I'm 90% but in reserve list :(

    • RomanianFox 12 months ago

      Hello people. I can download both the rejection letter (overall score 77.6), but also the ESR. I am quite astonished to see that they invented the following weaknesses in my ENV panel proposal, even I wrote with 11 single space :

      Criterion 1 - Excellence-Score 3.8

      Weaknesses:

      - The research methodology is not presented in sufficient detail.

      - Complementary training activities, such as project management, presentation skills, and proposal writing, have not been adequately

      presented.

      - Collaborations of the host group that could be beneficial to the researcher are not sufficiently described.

      - The leadership capability of the researcher is not convincingly demonstrated.

      Criterion 2 - Impact-Score 4

      Weaknesses

      - The project offers a limited competence diversification, limiting the impact of the fellowship on the researcher’s career perspectives.

      - Some of the offered training is not completely new to the researcher.

      Criterion 3 - Implementation-Score 3.9

      Weaknesses

      - Some lab-work activities (i.e. anaerobic biodegradation experiments) are not adequately described.

      - The feasibility of the project is not sufficiently demonstrated.

      - Deliverables are not clearly presented, and details of tasks are vaguely described.

      - The extent of involvement of the researcher in the management of the project is not sufficiently described.

      - Progress monitoring arrangements between the researcher and the supervisor are not sufficiently addressed.

      I want an advice : How I can overcome these comments for the next call?

    • Rato_IF-LIF 12 months ago

      I got it, a 95% in LIF

      Good luck to everybody!

      Where can I find the cut-off of each area?

    • IF 2015 12 months ago

      What's the minimum score for getting funded?

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      Just read through the comments, it is almost like finding quarral in a straw.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      Got it finally, funny I got exactly the same score as last year (87), but it is a new proposal, new project, and new host.

    • IF-SOC 12 months ago

      Everyone, if you got rejected, like I just did (my second and final try), don't be disheartened. I can attest that it's the luck of the draw depending on the evaluators. Although I vastly improved my proposal from last year, I didn't even make the threshold this year. I have an excellent academic record and a strong publications record for someone who hasn't received the Ph.D. yet, and in the past, I've won numerous awards and fellowships for independent research. I noticed that the evaluators can be bureaucratic, failing to look at the application as a whole and to judge from previous success. All I can say is this, please don't let this setback discourage you from applying again, to either MSCA or to another grant. And even if you don't secure a large grant for your project, a smaller, scaled down version can lead to future success. Good luck everyone!

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @GF-ENV:

      Thanks, I can download the rejection letter, but not the ESR yet. I will try later then.

    • GF-ENV 12 months ago

      yes, no email but got them from the portal. initially they would not download but tried every 20 minutes or so and first the decision letter became downloadable, about an hour later the evaluation report.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      @GF-ENV:

      You got your ESR already? I cannot download the file it seems.

    • GF-ENV 12 months ago

      On the reserve list. 92.6

      Think this puts me at the bottom of the reserve list. i guess this is pretty much a rejection? cant find any info on likelyhood of acceptance from (bottom) reserve list.

    • IF-ENG 12 months ago

      Same here, rejection. Though I have been preparing for this moment for a while, but when it actually hits, I still feel hard to swallow. This is my second attempt (last year 87), think i am done with it now, dont feel like torturing myself like this again, this is almost unbearable. Still cannot download the ESR, somehow I hope the score will be lower than last year, then I will know the marking is totally random, like lottery, and it doesn't deserve my time and effort. I am more worried that I will get a higher score than last year, then it might give me a false hope that I can still try.

    • Rejection 12 months ago

      me too... rejection :_(

    • 12 months ago

      Results are starting to come in. Can't access the document but the heading says rejection..... :-(

    • GF-LIF-Spain 12 months ago

      That´s what I see as well. Nothing more and nothing new :)

    • RomanianFox 12 months ago

      Yes, I can see that eye, but the log contains only my own accesses

    • GF-LIF-Spain 12 months ago

      RomanianFox - 1. Follow-up 2. Process specific documents 3. Click on the proposal and you will see an eye symbol on the right. Click it...

    • RomanianFox 12 months ago

      Where you can see View the Document Access Log ?

    • DK 12 months ago

      Yes, you are right. I just verified, it tells the access to the proposal....what stupidity from my side :D

    • Gf-spain 12 months ago

      Where do you say, exactly?

    • @DK 12 months ago

      On my document log appears the number of times (and the dates) that I accessed the proposal - it also displays which used accessed it... on mine my name alone appears? You don´t see the name of the users who have accessed it on those dates?

    • if-soc 12 months ago

      or else @DK, perhaps it could be when you downloaded your application? I don’t remember doing that in Nov and Dec however

    • if-soc 12 months ago

      I had never noticed it before… I just checked and I have

      14 Jan 2016

      27 Dec 2015

      27 Nov 2015

    • DK 12 months ago

      When you click at the View the Document Access Log button there are some dates? Does anyone know what those dates mean? I just noticed them now.

      28 Oct 2015

      12 Jan 2016

      20 Jan 2016

      Does it mean that they have finished with evaluation on October.

    • DK 12 months ago

      When you click at the View the Document Access Log button there are some dates regding to your proposal? Does anyone know what those means? Ex:

      28 Oct 2015

      12 Jan 2016

      20 Jan 2016

      For 20 Jan 2016, I know what these may be, but the other two does it mean that they evaluated the proposal in October.

    • GF-LIF-Spain 12 months ago

      ZZ - last year it was a total disaster- they were sending the results for 3 days. As a general rule, they started with the successful ones, but there were some exceptions ...

    • ZZ 12 months ago

      Any idea what time the results might go up on the portal? Some people have mentioned mid-day..

      How was it last year?

    • ... 12 months ago

      wouldn't it be nice if they automatically released the evaluation documents in the system at midnight tonight?

    • Peter 12 months ago

      By the way, the yellow triangle means nothing...

      I have it also in the page of a grant that does not have anything to do with the MC...

      We will know tomorrow!!!

    • Peter 12 months ago

      the 10 years after your Master degree means nothing. Last years, that question was to differentiate young research vs senior research.

      Now, seems that we compete all together.

      Unfortunately, it is a lottery. If they like your proposal, you will get it. If not, they will find any reason to put you out (#number of papers, experience, host university experience, outreach or the type of letter you have used...)

      It is bad, but it seems to be the true....

    • ARQ IF 12 months ago

      no triangles on my side

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