Without exception, your research project idea must be novel and original. No one will fund research that has already been done. Carefully consider the disciplinary and intersectoral dimensions of your research. If you decide that the latter is not applicable to you, be sure you can explain why the project can stand its ground without the input of other disciplines or sectors.

There is an obvious connection between the supervisor you select for your fellowship and your research project: the supervisor has to be a recognized expert in the area of the project. In the case of interdisciplinary research, be sure to include collaborators whose expertise will cover the areas outside of yours and your supervisor’s expertise.

A fellowship research project is your opportunity to learn. To learn the extra technical skills, that you are lacking but strategically need to implement your career goals. Therefore, a fellowship research project is an elegant balance of the skills you already have and skills you will learn. If you already have the exact set of skills required to perform your research project, it is not the right project for a fellowship!

Secondment – to be or not to be?

There might be a possibility to do a secondment during your fellowship. In There may be a possibility to do a secondment during your fellowship. In Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships this secondment can be in total 3-6 months depending on the duration of the fellowship itself. Either academic or industrial entity can be chosen. Do not include secondment in your fellowship just for the sake of it – it must be meaningful and increase the overall impact of the fellowship.