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Would you like to learn more about the revamped Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions? Searching for bottom-up research funding? Are you a research institution/company looking for partnership?

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers - be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers - and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.


The MSCA aim to equip researchers with the necessary skills and international experience for a successful career, either in the public or the private sector. The programme responds to the challenges sometimes faced by researchers, offering them attractive working conditions and the opportunity to move between academic and other settings.


The MSCA are open to all domains of research and innovation, from fundamental research to market take-up and innovation services. Research and innovation fields are chosen freely by the applicants (individuals and/or organisations) in a fully 'bottom-up' manner.
 

Types of MSCA:

Research networks (ITN): support for Innovative Training Networks

ITNs support competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations.
The research training programmes provide experience outside academia, hence developing innovation and employability skills. ITNs include industrial doctorates, in which non-academic organisations have an equal role to universities in respect of the researcher's time and supervision, and joint doctoral degrees delivered by several universities. Furthermore, non-European organisations can participate as additional partners in ITNs, enabling doctoral-level candidates to gain experience outside Europe during their training.
 

Individual fellowships (IF): support for experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries, optionally to the non-academic sector

Individual Fellowships support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation. Fellows can also spend part of the fellowship elsewhere in Europe if this would boost impact, and those restarting their career in Europe benefit from special eligibility conditions.
 

International and inter-sectoral cooperation through the Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE)

RISE supports short-term mobility of research and innovation staff at all career levels, from the most junior (post-graduate) to the most senior (management), including also administrative and technical staff. It is open to partnerships of universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations both within and beyond Europe. In worldwide partnerships, academia-to-academia exchanges are permitted.
 

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes that finance fellowships involving mobility to or from another country

The MSCA offer additional funding to regional, national and international programmes for research training and career development. COFUND programmes encourage the movement of researchers across borders and provide good working conditions. The scheme can support doctoral and fellowship programmes.


The European Researchers' Night (NIGHT)

It is a Europe-wide public event to stimulate interest in research careers, especially among young people. The activities are focused on the general public and might take various forms such as hands-on experiments, science shows, debates, competitions or quizzes. The NIGHT takes place yearly, typically on the last Friday of the month of September.

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Events

From 28/06/2015 - 02:00 to 01/07/2015 - 02:00
Leiden, The Netherlands,

This year the theme for the conference is Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. This theme reflects the growing need and ambition to reach out and get connected and work together globally. Cooperating not only in the field of scientific research & innovation and higher education but also in the field of research management and administration. Read more

From 28/05/2015 - 02:00 to 29/05/2015 - 02:00
Riga, Latvia,

This conference will discuss the recent developments and new trends in doctoral training in Europe and beyond. Read more

Multimedia

28/03/2014 - 18:57

Want to learn more on the funding opportunities under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) for companies including SMEs? Why don't you listen to the testimonials of companies that have benefited from the scheme! Read more

24/03/2014 - 15:03

The European Researchers' Night action supports public events that bring researchers closer to society, showcase science and its impact on our daily lives, and encourage young people to start a research career. Read more

27/03/2014 - 16:21

News

18/03/2015 - 19:10

Researchers from an MSCA ITN project have launched a crowdsourcing initiative to collect pictures of the Mosul museum's artefacts and recreate it virtually. Read more

17/11/2014 - 11:47

Today, in Trento (Italy), the European Commission has awarded three prizes to three MSCA fellows for having reached excellent results as Promising Research Talent, Communicating Science and Nurturing Research Talent. Read more

08/10/2014 - 19:42

Stefan W. Hell was a Marie Curie Fellow in 1996-97, and then became a MSCA project coordinator. Read more

Project stories

22/05/2015 - 11:54

Developing numerical models for analysing the stability, efficiency and feasibility of floating wind turbines, the future of offshore wind power generation, was the remit of the EU-funded ICFLOAT project. Its innovative techniques are already being used to analyse other types of wind energy devices. Read more

06/05/2015 - 14:23

You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, nor is it something you could hear, taste or smell. Dark matter is all around us, and its mass produces measurable gravitational effects. Other than that, it interacts with the visible universe even less than previously thought, according to the results of recent EU-funded research. Read more

22/04/2015 - 15:27

Language is at the heart of everyday communication. But we don’t all understand language in the same way, with prior information, age and cognitive ability playing a key role. An EU-funded network is studying how people in different ability and age groups perceive language. Its projects are developing tools and training software that could help people with disorders like autism communicate better. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

23/04/2014 - 11:41

Considering a doctoral degree? Looking for partnerships between academic and non-academic organisations or staff exchanges? Keen on outreach activities? There is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action for you. Read more

16/04/2014 - 18:21

Looking for the best funding opportunities on research and innovation? Searching business and academia collaboration? Thinking to restart your research career? Read the flyer and find the most convenient funding opportunities for you! Read more

Press Release

08/04/2015 - 18:50

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. Read more

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