Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP)

The aim of the Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways Action is to enhance industry-academia cooperation in terms of knowledge sharing, research training and career development. Participants from the commercial and non-commercial sectors (minimum one from each sector) propose a joint research programme which focuses on transfer of knowledge between the two sectors, with the key goal of overcoming any existing inter-sectoral issues. The transfer of knowledge is achieved by transfer of people, with the participants’ existing staff members (student, researchers, technical staff, research managers,…) being seconded to the other sector for periods of typically between 2 months and 2 years. The participants can also recruit new researchers to bring in new expertise if this is necessary to ensure the success of the programme. In addition to transferring knowledge and developing new research skills in the process, researchers participating in the programme are offered the opportunity to develop their complementary and transferrable skills.

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

  • A consortium consists of at least one non-commercial (“academia”) and one commercial (“industry”) organisation active in research, based in two different Member States or Associated countries.
  • Can also include other non-commercial and commercial participants if required.
  • Any new recruited researchers must adhere to the Marie Curie Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment, recruited researchers 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 recruitment start date.
  • Project Duration 3 to 4 years.
  • Typical Project Budget €500,000 – €2 million.

How to get involved

  • Use your existing contacts to find a consortium and join-up. Working with experienced participants is a good place for a newcomer to start.
  • Build your own consortium using your existing contacts.
  • Find new partners using the CORDIS Partners Service or InterTradeIreland’s Europe Board and Research Connections interactive map.

How to apply

Please note that there will be no further Calls for this Action in FP7.  The programme will continue with some revisions in Horizon 2020.  The first Calls will be opened in 2014.  To read more, please link here.

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