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Agency accepts responsibility for oversight

The Research Executive Agency has accepted it should do more to oversee the administration of Marie Curie fellowships, following a ruling by the ombudsman.

In October, the European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly told the REA it had failed to ensure due process in the specific case of a researcher who had their fellowship rescinded. The institution refused to grant the unnamed researcher a fellowship in objection to a past business internship the individual had carried out.

Ruling on the case, O’Reilly said the REA had not done enough to investigate the fellowship recipient and ensure that the recruitment was fair.

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