Researchers must be nationals of a State other than that of the host organisation. In addition, researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference deadline for eligibility at the start of their fellowship/activity. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
Example: A Turkish biologist has moved to Germany for the first time and has been carrying out a research training there for the last six months. He/she can be appointed within one RTN team in Germany or any RTN team outside Germany.
Rule nº2 - Dual nationality
In the case of a national holding more than one nationality, he/she will be able to carry out a period of mobility in the country of his/her in which he/she has not resided during the previous 5 years. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
Example: An experienced researcher holding both, French and German nationality has just finished his/her Ph.D. studies in France. He/she often visits family in Germany for holidays but has never worked or studied there. He/she would therefore be eligible to be appointed to one RTN team located in Germany.
Rule nº3 - Special Conditions for Nationals of the Member States or Associated States
In the case of researchers that are nationals of Member States or Associated States, an exception to the rule nº1 can be granted. These researchers will be considered as being eligible to benefit from a training or mobility action, including in their country of origin, if they can provide evidence that they have legally resided and have had their principal activity (work, studies, etc) in a third country for at least 4 of the last 5 years immediately prior to the reference deadline for eligibility.
Example: A Spanish researcher is currently carrying out research as a post-doc in the USA having also completed his/her Ph.D. there (a total of 4½ years outside the EU Member and Associated States prior to appointment in the RTN). He/she would like to return to Europe and continue his/her research career. He/she is eligible and can even be appointed to one Spanish team or other European team participating in the RTN project.
Rule nº4 - Special Conditions for Nationals of Third Countries
(a) Third country Researchers based outside the EU and Associated States
A maximum of 30 % of the number of funded researcher-months can be used for third country researchers.
Example 1: A Canadian researcher currently working in Canada would like to be appointed to a RTN team in Finland. This is possible assuming that the network is within the foreseen 30% envelope of person-months for the network as a whole.
Example 2: A Ukrainian researcher has been carrying out research in Germany for the last two years having previously studied in the Ukraine. He/she would be eligible to be appointed to a RTN team as long as it is located outside Germany and within the foreseen 30% envelope of person-months.
(b) Third country Researchers already based within the EU and Associated States
Non-nationals from Member States or Associated States having legally resided and having had their main activity (work, studies etc) for at least four of the last five years at the reference deadline for eligibility in Member States/Associated States are treated as nationals of the Member/ State in which they have resided the longest (therefore should satisfy rule nº 1).
Example: A researcher from South Africa has been working in Europe for a total of seven years having spent 5 years in Finland undertaking his/her Ph.D. and subsequently two years in France. He/she would be eligible for appointment within an RTN but only at teams located outside Finland (their assimilated nationality) and France (due to the mobility requirement).
|Associated States |
(Countries associated to FP6)
New Member States
|Candidate Countries||Other Countries|
|Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom|
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia
|Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey||Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland|
Table 1 – List of old and new EU state members and Associated States (including EU candidate countries and other countries).
Table 2 – Definition of third country
|Third Countries |
|Countries not included in Table 1 |
(those countries outside the EU Member and Associated States)