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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 funding for research training and career development within 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 Fellowships offer 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.

RESPIRE2 builds and expands on the previous EU co-funded programme, RESPIRE1 and its evaluation.

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 need 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). Applicants are also 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 enabling access to some of Europe’s top centres
  • increases career development and networking opportunities
  • offers attractive post-doctoral funding (€64,600 per fellow-year) and excellent working conditions

Timeframe (3 rounds)

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...