Precondition for writing an application for a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship is either a doctoral degree or a research experience of at least 4 years (full time equivalent) after graduation from university. In order to submit a proposal, the applicant has to choose a research host institution (university, research centres, SME, etc.) at which she/he will carry out the project if funded by the European Commission. The topic of the project can also be chosen freely by the researcher.
Applications for this scheme can only be submitted to the European Commission via the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS) following yearly calls for proposals. Proposals must be submitted in liaison with a host institution (universities, research centres, international organisation, SME, etc.).
6th Framework Programme: besides the Individual Fellowships there are still vacancies for postdocs in FP6 Marie Curie projects (Research Training Networks, Host Fellowships for Early Stage Training).
Funding schemes in detail
Co-financed individual fellowships (COFUND)
The European Commission co-finances fellowship programmes that are similar to the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships. These programmes aim for the scientific independence of the fellows and are generally designed for postdocs.
More information about Marie Curie Actions is available on this website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index.htm