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16:15-18 Uhr,
Hörsaal 6, Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3

Dr. Mareile Knees (Service Center for Research and Transfer, FSU Jena)

Dr. Ainhoa Martinez-Medina (Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv), Molekulare Interaktionsökologie


Thema: European Research Funding for Excellent Young Scientists: Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Fellowships and ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants - Theory and Praxis


In this talk we will present two EU funding programme for excellent young scientist, namely the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships and the ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants.

 In case you are not familiar with the above mentioned funding schemes please have a look at the following descriptions:

 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are relevant for excellent European and international PostDocs from all disciplines who plan a research stay in Europe (European Fellowships) or outside Europe (Global Fellowships). They are unfortunately more competitive than Alexander-von-Humboldt fellowships but offer the same benefit for you, namely to invite excellent international PostDocs being part of your working group.


ERC Starting Grants and ERC Consolidator Grants target for brilliant young scientists who "demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc."

(s. Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2017 Calls, p.8,


Dr. Mareile Knees (Service Center for Research and Transfer, FSU Jena) will start giving an overview of both funding schemes and go into details of the funding rules (20 min.).

Dr. Ainhoa Martinez-Medina (iDiv) will then talk about her experience as former Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow and ERC applicant. She will present the findings of her Marie-Curie project "Induced resistance in tomato by beneficial microorganisms - translating Arabidopsis-derived molecular knowledge on defence signalling" and the objectives of her ERC Starting Grant proposal "Exploring the role of root symbionts in plant-insect dynamics: from genes to communities". Finally she will let us know how she prepared both proposals (30-40 min.).