As of January 2014, with the move to Horizon 2020, the Marie Curie Actions are called the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). This change better reflects the Polish roots of this extraordinary scientist who inspired and inspires the programme.
Awarding €6.16 billion in the period to 2020, the MSCA support research training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field (a "bottom-up" approach).
There are MSCA grants for all stages of a researcher's career, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers, which encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA will become the main EU programme for doctoral training, financing 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 fostering mobility between countries, the MSCA also seek to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business. Several MSCA initiatives promote the involvement of industry etc. in doctoral and post-doctoral research.
There are four main types of MSCA:
The MSCA also funds the European Researchers' Night (NIGHT), public events involving researchers which take place every year across Europe on the fourth Friday of September.
Below you can find documents that give an overview of the rights and obligations of fellows supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
This document gives an overview of the rights and obligations of fellows supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. This includes what is understood by good working and support conditions, and how fellows can address problems. There is also a reminder of the importance attached by the EU to gender equality, research integrity, open access to research outputs, and outreach activities with the public. In addition, the text explains how non-research activities can be part of a fellowship in order to develop the career of the fellow.
For IF fellows, this document complements the Information package for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows by giving additional information on your employment status, including your social security rights. It also explains what to expect and check in your contract, as well as the basic reference rates and the applicable rules that will determine your income during your fellowship.
For ITN fellows, this document complements the Information package for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows by giving additional information on your rights and practical questions that might arise during your training. It also explains what to expect in your contract, as well as the basic reference rates and the applicable rules that will determine your income.
For staff members, this document complements the general Information package for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows with information on the conditions for, and the financing of, secondments as part of a Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).