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Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

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?

From January 2014, the Marie Curie Actions will be renamed the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). They come under the "Excellent Science" pillar of Horizon 2020 and will award 6,162 million euro over the period 2014-2020.

The objective of the MSCA is to support the career development and training of researchers – with a focus on innovation skills – in all scientific disciplines through worldwide and cross-sector mobility. For this, the MSCA provide grants at all stages of researchers' careers, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers, and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA will become the main EU programme for doctoral training, funding 25 000 PhDs.

Endowing researchers with new skills and a wider range of competences, while offering them attractive working conditions, is a crucial aspect of the MSCA. In addition to mobility between countries, the MSCA also seek to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business. The MSCA follow a "bottom-up" approach, i.e. individuals and organisations working in any area of research can apply for funding. Several MSCA initiatives promote the involvement of industry etc. in doctoral and post-doctoral research.
 

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 will 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 will 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 will support 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 will be open to partnerships of universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations both within and beyond Europe. In worldwide partnerships, academia-to-academia exchanges will be 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 03/11/2014 to 08/11/2014
Limassol, Cyprus,

International Conference EuroMed 2014 dedicated on Cultural Heritage Documentation, Preservation and Protection Read more

Multimedia

28/03/2014

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

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

News

12/12/2013

Scientists from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, have come up with a technique to establish early on if a cancer treatment is working. The results, published in Nature Medicine, confirm the method’s robustness. The lead author, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, is a former Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. Read more

Project stories

26/09/2014

How much can we really predict about the impact of climate change on groups of animals, plants, and natural habitats? The EU-funded Ecochange project turned to fossil records to investigate how species respond to even minor changes. Scientists can use this research to design ways to protect biodiversity from climate change. Read more

26/09/2014

Freshwater is necessary for life, but climate change is adding pressure on this vital resource. The EU-funded PolarClean project has successfully tested new types of materials to remove stubborn pollutants so that wastewater can be safely reused. Read more

13/08/2014

The European Union (EU)-funded project SEXUAL SELECTION has shed light on why shorebirds reverse parenting roles, with males carrying out the child-care duties. The study reports that an imbalance between the number of males and females triggers the change - when there is a higher ratio of males to females. The research is the first supporting the idea that sex ratio plays an important part in the evolution of role reversal in shorebirds, which could have implications for humans as well. Read more

Publications

23/04/2014

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

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

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