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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 present the ERS/EU RESPIRE 2 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). Grant number: RESPIRE 2, PCOFUNDGA-2012-600368, 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 finance for research training and career development in the course of existing or new fellowship programmes. Our RESPIRE 2 post-doctoral fellowships programme was selected for funding by the European Commission after a competitive evaluation process with the aim to boost the applicants’ careers and to enhance scientific networks in Europe in the field of respiratory research.


ERS/EU RESPIRE2 post-doctoral Marie Curie Fellowship opportunities in the broad field of respiratory science, co-funded by the European Union. The programme is aimed at experienced researchers from any discipline and will help fellows to become the future leaders in respiratory research.

Aims and Target

RESPIRE 2 Fellowships are 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. The Fellowships are open to all nationalities but the Fellowship is to be undertaken in a European country other than the candidate's own, within a certified RESPIRE 2 Host Centre: The RESPIRE 2 Programme targets outstanding and experienced investigators, clinicians & allied respiratory professionals (with a PhD or at least 4 years full-time research experience); who are required to have at least 1 first author publication in an international peer-reviewed journal at the time of application.


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

Timeframe (3 rounds)

  • 1st round extended deadline: 31 January 2014 (CLOSED)
  • 2nd round: 31 October 2014 (call to be launched by early August 2014)
  • 3rd & final round: to be launched in early 2015


apply_now For information only (1st round - 2013 online application form), please note that applications for 2nd round will open early August 2014 (see also note below)

Should you wish to apply for the next 2nd round (deadline: 31 October 2014), please note that the online application form will be available by the beginning of August 2014 ONLY. The link above essentially assists potential applicants so that they have a general idea of what may be required, although please note that the form will be updated for Round2.

Note: Read the Application guidelines 2014 (2nd round)

The Application Guidelines 2014 (2nd round) have been updated and are already available. However, please carefully read the note above and take note that the online application for the 2nd round (deadline: 31 October 2014) will only be launched in early August 2014.  

Read past ERS RESPIRE1 Post-doc Fellows' testimonials  


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...