On 7 March the European Union celebrated the one hundred thousandth fellow to have benefited from its Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The actions enable researchers to go abroad, supporting cooperation between institutions and strengthening Europe's research and innovation capacity. For every single beneficiary, the EU grant offers a crucial career boost and the chance to improve citizens' lives by advancing knowledge and innovation.
Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "Celebrating the award of the 100 000th Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship is a great moment to recall the importance of this programme, which supports our brightest and best researchers in tackling the big societal challenges facing Europe. Marie Skłodowska-Curie paved the way for future generations of female researchers. On the eve of International Women's Day, I am especially proud that the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions pay particular attention to gender balance, and with more than 40% of fellowships awarded to female scientists, are the best performing part of Horizon 2020 with respect to gender."
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are a key part of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme. During the period from 2014 to 2020, the EUR 6.2 billion budget is expected to support around 65,000 researchers through the actions.