The Central European Initiative (CEI) strongly supports trans-national mobility of scientists and researchers across its area. With this purpose, the CEI Research Fellowship Programme was established under the aegis of the CEI Science & Technology Network and launched in 2005. Since its inception, it has funded about 30 fellows who had the possibility of carrying out research in one of the Network's Lead Institutions. Building upon this success and the growing demand for scientific cooperation stemming from its Member States, the CEI decided to strengthen its Research Fellowship Programme by merging its own resources with those provided by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) - Marie Curie Actions. The synergy between the Community action and the regional impact of the CEI, as well as the financial resources made available by 5 partner institutions (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology - ICGEB, International Centre for Theoretical Physics ABDUS SALAM - ICTP, International School for Advanced Studies - SISSA, Synchrotron ELETTRA, Cluster in Biomedicine - CBM), has provided the right framework for strengthening the CEI Research Fellowship Programme, of which CERES represents the natural evolution.
  CERES is based on a network of 5 research institutions/centres of excellence and foresees a total of 30 fellowships to be distributed in the time-frame 2009 – 2014 among “experienced researchers” (i.e. post-docs) from CEI countries. The Programme operates through annual calls of applications which are assessed by a Selection Committee established ad hoc.