FP7 - Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways

The EC published a call within Marie Curie IAPP scheme on October 19th, 2011.

The scheme provides an opportunity for cooperation between the countries/institutions through fostering co-operation between public research organisations and private sector through staff exchange (secondments). Seconded staff can be for early-stage or experienced researchers and can also include technical and research management staff.

This call is yet another opportunity to establish/deepen cooperation with research community from Montenegro

General data:

  • Minimum participants: one non-commercial research institution and one commercial enterprise, coming from (at least) two different countries
  • Research fields covered: IAPP follows a bottom-up approach, i.e. research fields are chosen freely by the applicants.
  • Overall budget for the Call: €80 mio.
  • Application deadline: April 19th 2012, 17:00, Brussels time.

Work Programme and all other documents you can find at:


Additional support you can ask from your NCP for the area. If you don`t know who it is, you can try and find at: 


Montenegrin NCP for the area is Ms. Branka ZIZIC from the Ministry of Science:

Some clarifications:

About the scheme:

The Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP) is a Marie Curie Action that seeks to enhance cooperation between public research organizations and private commercial enterprises, in particular SMEs, based on longer term cooperation programmes, for increasing knowledge-sharing and mutual understanding in both industrial and academic sectors. Participants in a IAPP are one or more research organization (e.g. universities) and one or more commercial enterprises, that propose a research project based on a joint cooperation programme. This transfer of knowledge will be reached through staff secondments (staff exchange).

About the eligible costs:

Salaries & allowances of both seconded and recruited researchers are covered as follows:

  • Living allowance (“salary”) for early stage researchers (< 4 years experience): €38 000
  • Living allowance (“salary”) for experienced researchers (< 10 years experience): €58 500
  • Living allowance (“salary”) for experienced researchers (> 10 years experience): €87 500
  • Additional allowances (for both ESR and ER)
  • Mobility allowance (monthly): €1000 for researchers with family. €700 for researchers without family
  • Host organisations can expect contributions to overheads from the European Commission in order to cover costs of the activities carried out during the project.

About the supported activities:

The participants propose a joint research project as the common basis for their collaboration. This joint research project should be designed to exploit complementary competences of the participants and create synergies. This transfer of knowledge among participants will be reached through secondments of employees. Staff to be seconded: researchers, technical and research managerial staff.

About the definition of  “industry” and “academia”:

Each IAPP project includes at least one university/research centre (public sector) and at least one enterprise (private sector).

Private sector partners must be organizations operating on a commercial basis, i.e. companies gaining the majority of their revenue through competitive means with exposure to commercial markets. This includes: larger companies, SMEs, incubators, start-ups, spin-offs, venture capital companies, etc.

Public sector organisations include: National organisations (e.g. universities, public non-commercial research centres etc.), non-profit or charitable organizations (e.g. NGOs, trusts, etc.), International European interest organisations (e.g. CERN, EMBL, etc.), the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, International organisations (e.g. WHO, UNESCO, etc.)