Kwintessence was set up in 2007 by Mrs. Alie Kwint, and provides consultancy services for Horizon2020, and in particular for the Marie Skolodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) and the ERC programme.
The MSCA have been a popular part of the European Framework Programmes for many years. Their orientation has changed from a pure mobility fellowship programme to a programme dedicated to ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities of researchers, to better prepare them for current and future societal challenges. Cross-border and cross-sector mobility are core elements of the MSCA.
Marie Curie projects are partly about science, but even more so about training, mobility and career development of researchers. A successful Marie Curie proposal has a strong scientific part, but also responds to Europe’s needs in terms of training, transfer of knowledge, management and impact on Europe and on researchers’ careers.
The ERC programme was introduced in FP7 and has become very popular. The ERC provides grants to individual researchers of any nationality and age, who wish to pursue their frontier research. The sole criterion is scientific excellence and ERC grants have become very prestigious over the years.
Alie Kwint has over ten years of hands on experience with all types of Marie Curie projects, and an in-depth knowledge of the political and strategic background of the MSC Actions. She can rely on an extensive network in Europe, including the European Commission and the Research Executive Agency. Occasionally, she joins forces with other small-size consultancy firms to provide tailor-made support to clients.