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Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellowships (RESPIRE 2)

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no PCOFUNDGA-2012-600368 


The ERS is pleased to provide an update on the ERS/EU RESPIRE2 Post-doctoral Research Fellowships Programme co-funded by the European Union (EU) under the PEOPLE Marie Curie Actions COFUND programme of the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). RESPIRE2 stands for "REspiratory Science Promoted by International Research Exchanges 2"

In 2012 the ERS applied for the EU COFUND programme (Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes) which provides funding for research training and career development within existing or new fellowship programmes. Our RESPIRE2 post-doctoral fellowships programme was selected for funding after a competitive evaluation process with the aim to offer opportunities in the broad field of respiratory science, boost the applicants’ careers and enhance scientific networks in Europe. RESPIRE2 builds and expands on the previous EU co-funded programme, RESPIRE1, and its evaluation: Read past ERS RESPIRE1 Post-doc Fellows' testimonials.

Calls for applications for RESPIRE2 have ended, but further information about its objectives as well as selected RESPIRE2 fellows can be found hereunder. Beyond RESPIRE2, ERS continues to expand its portfolio of fellowships, in close cooperation with a wide range of partners, please consult the Fellowship main page so as not to miss any opportunities! For further information about other fellowships offered via the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, please click here.


  • to support the most talented scientists to strengthen the respiratory specialty
  • to increase transnational mobility by enabling access to some of Europe’s top centres
  • to increase career development and networking opportunities
  • to offer attractive post-doctoral funding (€64,600 per fellow-year) and excellent working conditions

Target group

RESPIRE2 Fellowships were established to enable promising researchers from any field to carry out advanced research projects (24 months) of scientific excellence in the area of respiratory medicine and science as well as to help them become the future leaders of tomorrow in this field. During the three calls for applications already undertaken, the Fellowships were open to all nationalities provided that the research project was being carried out within a certified RESPIRE 2 Host Centre as well as that the Marie Curie mobility rule was being met (see also Application Guidelines below). The RESPIRE2 Programme was open to outstanding experienced investigators, clinicians & allied respiratory professionals (with a PhD or at least 4 years full-time research experience). Applicants were also required to have at least 1 first author publication in an international peer-reviewed journal at the time of application.

Current status & selected fellows

The three expected calls for applications have already been delivered as per Grant Agreement (see timeframe below) over the period 2013-2015, therefore no further opportunities for funding under RESPIRE2 are currently available. The list of selected fellows and their projects can be accessed through the links below. The 5-year programme will end in June 2018, when all 22 fellowships are due to be completed.

  • 1st round extended deadline: 31 January 2014 (CLOSED) - list of selected fellows
  • 2nd round: 31 October 2014 - (CLOSED) - list of selected fellows
  • 3rd and final round: 31 July 2015 -  CLOSED - list of selected fellows to be announced by end 2015
  • For further information about RESPIRE2, please contact:

    3rd and final call: CLOSED

    IMPORTANT: The 3rd and final RESPIRE2 round closed on 31 July 2015. As a reference, you can still consult the Application guidelines 2015 (3rd round) and
    the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well as access the online application system. However, this is for information only as calls for this programme have closed.


    2nd round Guidance (for information):

    Note: this is for information only as it relates to fellows selected during the 2nd round - there may some amendments for fellows selected during the 3rd round














    Who can apply?

    Open to experienced researchers from any discipline, even those not traditionally associated with respiratory research, being ERS members or not, to carry out a project in the broad field of respiratory science...

    Further Information

    ERS RESPIRE 2 Fellowships are granted to perform advanced research of scientific excellence in the broad respiratory specialty. They are intended to support clinical research, translational research and basic science...