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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions support the career development of researchers through international mobility as well as knowledge transfer between the academic and non-academic sectors. Co-funding of national doctoral and fellowship programs is also possible.

The research support office offers you personal information on the various funding opportunities and advises you on funding possibilities for your project idea! Also check the PMU webinar on the funding opportunities within MSCA.

A total of five measures make up the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA): 

MSCA Doctoral Networks

Objective: An international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral consortium will set up a joint research training program for PhD students aiming at

  • creative, entrepreneurial, innovative doctoral students who can address current and future challenges and translate knowledge and ideas into products and services
  • Equip researchers with research-related skills that are transferable to business and enhanced career opportunities in both academic and non-academic settings
  • To increase the attractiveness and excellence of doctoral education in Europe.

Requirements:

  • Consortium of min. 3 independent legal entities in 3 different Member States (or Associated Countries).
  • All beneficiaries must recruit at least one PhD student and host and supervise the recruited researchers.
  • Max. 40% of the grant may be awarded to beneficiaries in one country or to a single organization
  • Funded researchers must be PhD students (no PhD at the time of recruitment)
  • Compulsory enrollment in a doctoral program in at least one EU country/associated country.
  • Mobility rule: PhD students must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the hiring beneficiary for more than 12 months immediately prior to their recruitment

Funding:

  • Size: up to 360 person-months (standard) + 180 additional person-months for Joint or Industrial Doctorates (incentive).
  • Living allowance: 3,400 EUR x country correction coefficient (AT 106.3%)
  • Mobility grant: 600 EUR
  • If applicable, other allowances (family allowance, special needs allowance, long-term allowance)

For institutions per person and month:

  • Research, training and networking costs: 1,600 EUR
  • Administration and indirect costs: 1,200 EUR

Duration:

  • Program: 48 months max.
  • Employment: between 3 and 36 months
  • Secondments: worldwide, up to 1/3 of the scholarship period
  • Industrial Doctorates: 50% in the non-academic sector; academic and non-academic organizations jointly supervising can be in the same country
  • For recruited researchers per person per month

Calls for proposals:

  • June 22, 2021 - November 16, 2021
  • May 3, 2022 - November 15, 2022

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Objectives of the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • To foster the creative and innovative potential of researchers seeking to acquire new skills through training, international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility.
  • Support excellent researchers of any nationality, incl. researchers seeking to reintegrate in Europe; those displaced by conflict; and researchers with high potential seeking a new professional start in research.
  • Encourage researchers to work on research and innovation projects, incl. the non-academic sector.

Prerequisites:

  • Thematically open
  • Researchers with PhD at the time of application
  • Up to 8 years of research experience after PhD (exceptions e.g. career break, work outside research, research outside Europe for re-entering researchers)
  • Mobility rule: have not resided or had main activity in the country of the hiring institution for more than 12 months immediately prior to hiring

Funding for recruited researchers per person and month

  • Living allowance: 5,080 EUR x country correction coefficient (AT 106.3%)
  • Mobility grant: 600 EUR
  • If applicable, other allowances (family allowance, special needs allowance, long-term allowance)

Funding for institutions per person and month:

  • Research, training and networking costs: 1,000 EUR
  • Administration and indirect costs: 650 EUR

Duration:

  • European Fellowships (EF): 12-24 months.
  • Global Fellowships (GF): 24-36 months (12-24 months abroad & 12 months mandatory return phase to EU/associated country)
  • Optional: Secondments worldwide up to 1/3 of the fellowship / outgoing phase
  • Additional assignment of up to 6 months in a non-academic European organization at the end of the fellowship period

Calls for proposals:

    June 22, 2021 - October 12, 2021
    April 13, 2022 - September 14, 2022

MSCA Staff Exchanges

Objectives of the MSCA Staff Exchanges:

  • International, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility of R&I staff (“secondments”)
  • Knowledge transfer between participating organisation and cooperation across the globe
  • Collaboration between the academic and non-academic sectors (including SMEs)
  • Implementation of a joint R&I project by seconding and/or hosting eligible staff members

Prerequisites:

  • Consortium of at least 3 legal entities in 3 different countries, 2 of which in a different EU Member State or Associated Country
  • If organisations from the same sector (academic or non-academic), there must be at least 1 organisation from a non-associated Third Country
  • Any type of staff contributing to R&I activities (researchers, administrative, managerial or technical staff)
  • Researchers at any career stage (from doctoral candidates to postdoctoral researchers)
  • Actively engaged in research/innovation activities for at least 1 month prior at the sending institution

Funding for seconded staff members per person and month

  • Top-up allowance: 2 300 EUR (travel, accomodation, subsistence costs)
  • If applicable, special needs allowance
  • Participating organisationsare expected to continue paying the salary of the staff during the secondment

For institutions per person and month:

  • Research, training and networking costs: 1 300 EUR
  • Administration and indirect costs: 1 000 EUR

Duration:

  • 4 years for project implementation
  • Maximum 360 person-months (PMs) per project
  • Secondments: 1-12 months per staff
  • Interdisciplinary secondments in the same sector possible within Europe (max 1/3 of project’s PMs)

Calls for proposals:

    October 7, 2021 - March 9, 2022
    October 6, 2022 - March 8, 2023

MSCA COFUND

Objectives of the MSCA COFUND:

  • Co-funds new or existing doctoral and postdoctoral programs at national, regional, or international level.
  • Disseminates MSCA best practices , including international, cross-sectoral, and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility
  • Supports researchers at all stages of their careers

Prerequisites:

  •  PhD students, i.e. researchers who have not yet obtained their PhD at the time of the call for the co-funded program; mandatory enrollment in a PhD program.
  • Postdocs, i.e. researchers who have completed their doctorate at the time of the call for proposals for the co-funded program
  • Applications by a single legal entity established in an EU Member State or Associated Country.
  • A minimum of three researchers must be recruited.
  • Career Development Plan: Prepared jointly by the supervisor and each hired researcher at the time of hire. Revised (and updated if necessary) within 18 months.

Project duration:

  • max. 60 months
  • Employment of fellows: min. 3 months
  • Secondment: max. 1/3 of employment

Funding:

  • Max. 10 Mio. € per institution per call for proposals
  • The EU contribution covers the minimum remuneration (70% living expenses + mobility allowance) and can be used more flexibly (remuneration, mobility, family costs, research, training, networking, management, indirect costs)
  • Minimum allowance: 2 800 EUR for PhD students, 3 980 EUR for postdocs

Calls for proposals:

  • October 11, 2021 - February 10, 2022
  • October 10, 2022 - February 9, 2023

MSCA and Citizens - European Researchers' Night

Objectives of the European Researchers' Night:

  • Bring research and researchers* closer to the general public
  • Raise awareness of research and innovation activities and public recognition of science and research education.
  • Demonstrate the role of researchers in society and the economy, and the impact of researchers' work on the daily lives of citizens.
  • Stimulate young people's interest in research and careers in science.

Requirements:

  • Application by one or more legal entities established in an EU Member State or HE-associated country.

Funding:

  • Funding for up to two-day events (European Researchers' Night) and pre- and post-events, covering one or two annual editions.    In the first call, focus on the European Research and Innovation Missions (Cancer, Climate, Oceans, Climate Neutral Cities, Soil).
  • EU contribution: lump sum, approx. 50 000 - 150 000 EUR per annual issue.

Call for Proposals:

  • The 2021 call will cover two consecutive editions (2022-2023).
  • June 22, 2021 - October 7, 2021