Career Integration Grants (CIG)

This Marie Curie Action aims to support researchers to establish themselves in a research career in Europe. Any Experienced Researcher, (PhD holders or those with four years of research experience) active in research, from a recent graduate to an emeritus professor, can apply for a Career Integration Grant as long as they satisfy the mobility criterion, which states that the applicant should not have carried out their work in the host organisation’s country for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the Call deadline. Applicants do not have to be based in Europe at the time of application; they can be based anywhere in the world when they apply, as long as their proposed host organisation is in Europe (a Member State or Associated country). The Career Integration Grants Action is a merger of the previous European and International Reintegration Grants.

A typical applicant to the CIG call would be an Experienced Researcher at any career stage who has secured a funded lectureship/professorship/research post at a research-performing organisation in the public or private sector. In applying for a CIG award, the applicant proposes a research project to be carried out at this host organisation. The CIG award takes the form of a flat-rate contribution of €25,000 per annum towards the researcher’s costs, with the remaining costs covered by the host organisation: the host’s contribution could be taken from their own funding, or from other external funding that the applicant or the host has secured. This CIG contribution could be used to cover, for example, the salary of a researcher to be employed on the project, travel costs, research materials, or publication costs. The host organisation must agree to provide the researcher with an employment contract that at least covers the duration of the CIG award.

What research areas are funded?

  • All areas of research are covered by the Marie Curie Actions, including STEM subjects and the social sciences, humanities and economic sciences.

Summary Details

  • CIG is open to Experienced Researchers who have or will have a post at a research organisation in Europe (a Member State or Associated country).
  • A researcher applying for a CIG must adhere to the Marie Curie Mobility Rule: at the deadline for the submission of applications, the researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline.
  • They should not have previously benefitted from a European or an International Reintegration Grant (ERG or IRG) nor from a Career Integration Grant.
  • Project Duration 24 to 48 months.
  • Fellowship Budget is a flat-rate contribution of €25,000 per annum towards the overall costs of the CIG research project.

How to apply

There is rolling funding call for CIG, with two deadlines per year after which evaluation and selection of proposals are carried out. Details of all Calls, including application documentation, may be found on the Participant Portal. A list of Call deadlines can be found here.

More information can be found on the European Commission’s Marie Curie Actions website.