Call for Expressions of Interest in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships 2017 Competition

The Department of Computer Science at the University of York is internationally recognised for research. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the Department was ranked 7th overall in the UK, 5th for the impact our research has on society and 6th in the UK for environment. This result confirms the long-standing global reach and real-world significance of our research and makes us one of best Departments in the country for nurturing excellent research by staff and research students alike. All aspects of our impact and environment were judged to be of world-leading or international standard. 

Research is carried out within our ten research groups

  • Advanced Computer Architectures
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Enterprise Systems
  • High Integrity Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Games
  • Non-Standard Computation
  • Programming Languages and Systems
  • Real-Time Systems

The Department has a large number of active research staff and many links across the University of York, academic partners and industry. We work within interdisciplinary groups within the University, including the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA) and the York Quantum Technology Hub. We have a vibrant academic community, with regular research seminars and meetings. 

We are now looking for applications from researchers wanting to work on the cutting-edge of the discipline on projects that will make an original and significant contribution through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme.


We are soliciting applications from researchers wanting to work on the cutting edge of Computer Science, focusing on research projects that will make a novel, significant and impactful contribution, via the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme.

Individual Fellowships support the acquisition and transfer of new knowledge, while working on research in a European (EU Member States & Associated Countries) context. 

We seek to support leading researchers currently based outside the UK in applying for Individual European Fellowships. As such we are soliciting expressions of interest from researchers wishing to work in the following areas:

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems (particularly on modelling and reasoning)
  • Quantum Computing
  • Games and Gaming
  • Multicore
  • Big Data
  • Computer Vision and Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automated Software Engineering

Researchers who apply and who are successful will in most cases work collaboratively across departments at the University (i.e. Computer Science, Electronics, TFTV, Physics, etc.)

We will provide full support and guidance to develop those applications selected. All expressions of interest should meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme.


Standard Criteria:

Applications are welcomed fom experienced researchers only, i.e. you must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years equivalent research experience.  Researchers can be of any nationality, however, at the date of the deadline (14/09/2017), they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the preceding three years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to by 1pm (GMT) on 17th May 2017. The expression of interest should consist of the following:

  1. A copy of your CV (following the Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship guidelines – see p. 49 of the guide available here
  2. A two page outline of the proposed research project.

Please send as PDF files with the file name including your surname, first initial, and document title.


Selection process

Expressions of interest will be assessed by a committee of researchers in the Department Computer Science at University of York. Only applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered. The most promising applicant(s) based on the relative strength of CVs and proposals in relation to the Marie-Curie award criteria will be provided with further guidance and support for the purposes of submitting a full Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship application with the Department of Computer Science at University of York serving as the host organisation.

Please ensure that you consult the comprehensive guidance documents on the Marie-Curie website before starting your proposal.

Those applicants we wish to support will be contacted no later than 15th May.




8th March 2017

Planned Web page live, invite expressions of interest

17th May 2017 (1pm GMT)

Deadline for expressions of interest

18th May 2017

Co-ordinate applications to send to DRC

19th -29th May 2017

Review of applications by DRC

30th May 2017 

Successful applicants notified

30th May - 30th Aug 2017

PIs and applicants write/prepare the bids

3rd July - 30th August 2017

Proposal review and ethics check, SoR form to be completed

31st Aug - 6th Sept 2017

Finalise all details with RGC

14th September 2017

Submission deadline (via portal)

14th February 2018

Outcome received from Marie Curie (max. 5 months after submission)

14th May 2018

Signature of grant agreements (max. 8 months after submission)

June 2018

PIs of successful bids to meet with RSO and RGC