With the creation of the European Research Area, there are increasingly attractive opportunities for researchers in Europe. The following initiatives support researchers from around the world:
European Researcher's Mobility Portal
This portal is a European Commission sponsored portal that provides assistance to researchers. Organisations and institutions can post job-vacancies for researchers and researchers can post CVs. Followships and grants are advertised and links for national researchers' mobility portals across the EU 27, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, Serbia, and FYROM are provided.
European Research Council (ERC)
The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines. ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe - the sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and retain and confer status and visibility to the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.
The guide to the ERA-MORE network of help desks for mobile researchers in Europe is included as part of the European Researchers' Mobility Portal. There are more than 200 ERA-MORE help desks in 32 countries across Europe.
Marie Curie Fellowships provide European placements for pre- and post-doctoral researchers, usually up to the age of 35, and for experienced researchers. Fellowships are available in any scientific discipline that contributes to the objectives of the Framework Programme. Applicants to this activity are young and experienced researchers and host organisations in academia and industry. Marie-Curie is part of the 'People' strand of the Seventh Framework Programme.
European Portal on Research Infrastructure Services
The European Portal on Research Infrastructures Database provides information on a large number of Research Infrastructures (RIs) of pan- European interest in all fields of science. It covers facilities, resources and related services that are used by the scientific community to conduct top-level research in their respective fields. This database is not exhaustive and intends to be a tool for the scientific community looking for services offered by these infrastructures. It resulted from a survey undertaken by the European Commission (EC) and the European Science Foundation (ESF) in an attempt to identify the current scenario of infrastructures in Europe
European Institute of Technology (EIT)
The EIT is the first European initiative to integrate fully the three sides of the "Knowledge Triangle" (Higher Education, Research, Business-Innovation) and will seek to stand out as a world-class innovation-orientated reference model, inspiring and driving change in existing education and research institutions. Based on partnerships known as "Knowledge and Innovation Communities" (KICs) - highly integrated public-private networks of universities, research organisations and businesses - the EIT's activities will be coordinated by a Governing Board ensuring its strategic management. Direct involvement of business stakeholders, including SMEs, in all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the Institute is the cornerstone of the initiative.