On 7 March 2017, the EU was celebrating the one hundred thousandth fellow supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions since its launch 20 years ago. To mark this milestone, thirty highly promising researchers have been selected to showcase the EU's actions dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research. 18 of the group of 30 high-calibre researchers are women.
Tibor Navracsics, 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 30 chosen researchers represent the 100 000 fellows who have been supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions over the past two decades. The group includes 28 European nationals, one from each EU Member State, and one fellow each from Colombia and New Zealand.
Their research topics cover an impressive spectrum, ranging from tackling climate change and ground breaking cancer research to the prevention of radicalisation. For every single one of them, the EU grant is a crucial boost for their career and the chance to improve citizens' lives by advancing knowledge and innovation.
By enabling researchers to go abroad and supporting cooperation between institutions and industry, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions play a vital part in strengthening Europe's research and innovation capacity. Therefore, these 30 have outstanding potential: they achieved the highest evaluation scores in the 2016 call for proposals for individual fellowships. They competed with 8 916 proposals submitted by other researchers; of these, nearly 1200 proposals were selected for funding.