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The PLANT FELLOWS contribution is fixed at 40% of the fellowship costs for eligible researchers. The remaining 60% own contribution has to be provided by the principal investigator.


Please note: Being eligible as principal investigator for PLANT FELLOWS does not mean that the PI already has the 60% own contribution. This requires the applicant to contact the designated PI with a specific research motivation as well as with a commitment to jointly think about a way to get the 60% own contribution from an additional funding source. Note that other EU-funding is not accepted as own means.

Along with the living allowance, a mobility and travel allowance as well as a research cost contribution will be paid.

The living allowance including a mobility allowance is based on the prevailing market rates in the host country and shall be used for remuneration of the fellow. It shall include robust social security coverage and social benefits. The living allowance is a contribution to the salary costs of the fellow and is specific to the host organisation.
A breakdown of the living allowances paid by each host organisation is presented in the PLANT FELLOWS guide for applicants.


The travel allowance covers the fellow’s travel expenses from the place of origin to the host organisation. It is based on the direct distance (in a straight line) between the place of the host organisation and the place of origin of the fellow. Only one travel allowance shall be paid per period of 12 months.

The research cost contribution includes costs for consumables and training costs. The calculation of costs for consumables follows the recommendations provided to Marie Curie Individual Fellowships: lab based or non-lab based.

These costs are administered at the host organisation, which puts it at the fellow’s disposal under its accounting rules. Cost for consumables shall not include any other personnel costs, e.g. for PhD students or technical staff assisting the researcher.

The research cost contribution also includes a yearly rate to participate in traning activities, conferences etc. that help the future fellow to develop his/her skills and career.


Please note: The fellowships must in any case end within the duration of the PLANT FELLOWS programme (February 2016). All fellow-months outside the project duration have to be paid by the host organisation's own funds.

Moreover, please note that it is not possible to combine two Marie Curie Grants at the same time. We recently received questions from several postdocs asking about the possibility to combine a COFUND fellowship with other Marie Curie Grants.
This is, however, not the case, as an individual research cannot benefit, at the same time, from more than one Marie Curie grant; these are:

  • - Initial Training Networks (ITN)
  • - Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF)
  • - Career Integration Grants (CIG)
  • - Co-funding of Regional, National, and International Programmes (COFUND)
  • - Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)
  • - International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
  • - International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)
  • - International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)

PLANT FELLOWS is co-financed by the European Union through the Marie Curie Action "COFUND". Therefore each PLANT FELLOW is a Marie Curie fellow as well.
Of course, should you have had a Marie Curie fellowship, which ended before you took up a co-funded fellowship, this would not be a problem.