You can learn a great deal by carrying out your research in another part of the world. The IOF offers opportunities to do research outside Europe and then to return.
What is an IOF?
The International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF) aims to reinforce the international dimension of the career of European experienced researchers by giving them the opportunity to be trained and acquire new knowledge in a third country high level research organisation. Subsequently, these researchers will return with the acquired knowledge and experience to a European organisation, in a Member State or an Associated Country. Researchers must be nationals of a Member State or an Associated Country.
The IOF consists of a financial support to 2-phases mobility projects:
• The 1st phase has duration of about 24 months in a partner organisation in a third country.
• The 2nd phase of the project is to be spent in a return host organisation in a Member State or an Associated Country. This phase of reintegration has duration of 12 months and is mandatory. As the other Marie Curie Actions, the IOF follows a bottom-up approach, e.g. the research topic is freely chosen by the researcher in collaboration with the return host organization with a view to completing his/her expertise. The IOF is crosscutting, e.g. any scientific field can be funded.
What is a “third country”?
A third country is a country which is neither an EU Member State nor an Associated Country to FP7, e.g.: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Venezuela USA, etc.
What is funded in an IOF?
The financial support for an IOF takes the form of a grant covering up to 100% of the budget. It includes in particular a yearly gross living allowance for an experienced researcher of € 58’500 and a mobility allowance. Experienced researcher: either in possession of a PhD or with at least 4 years of research experience fulltime.
Its indicative budget is about €40 mio.
What is the life cycle of an IOF?
How long does it take from the moment you write your proposal until the moment your project can finally start (in case you get funded by the European Commission)?Count roughly 10-12 months before starting your project:
• Stage 1: After the Call for an IOF has been published, the researcher and the return host organisation have 3 months to prepare and submit a proposal until the deadline.
• Stage 2 : A panel of experts will evaluate the proposals (2-3 months)
• Stage 3: Applicants whose proposals have been successfully evaluated in Stage 2 will be invited by the EC to negotiate (2-3 months)
• Stage 4 : If the negotiation with the EC has been successful, it will take another 2-3 months to prepare the contract
• Stage 5: 1st phase of the project at the partner institution of a duration of 24 months
• Stage 6: 2nd phase of the project at the return host institution for a period of 12 months.