The programme will further increase its openness and effectiveness by supporting from 2021 on also training and mobility in the domain of nuclear research and reinforcing synergies, notably with other parts of Horizon Europe, the ERDF and the ESF+, to tackle regional, national and global R&I challenges. This will enable the programme to continue to drive Europe's scientific excellence through its fellowships and exchanges for researchers in Europe and beyond.

New generation of highly-skilled researchers

Building on the success of the programme over the past twenty years, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will support a new generation of outstanding early-career researchers to follow their ideas and build their careers, be this inside or outside academia. They will also provide the opportunity for researchers to benefit from high-quality training to develop their skills, while offering attractive working conditions. Tens of thousands of researchers and staff members will benefit from the new fellowship and exchange opportunities the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will offer.

Continuation and Simplification of Funding Schemes

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will further streamline its effective and successful funding schemes by supporting

  • Networks for doctoral candidates,
  • Post-doctoral fellowships,
  • Staff exchanges,
  • Programmes creating synergies at regional, national and international level, and
  • Science festivals across Europe.

Simpler and more easy-to-implement rules will further reduce red tape and allow researchers as well as their hosting organisations to concentrate fully on the implementation of their Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project.


More specifically, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will be further strengthened by:

  • Nurturing excellence through mobility of researchers across borders, sectors and disciplines
  • Fostering new skills through excellent training of researchers
  • Strengthening human capital and skills development across the European Research Area
  • Improving and facilitating synergies
  • Promoting public outreach

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will continue to apply its core values to deliver excellent value to the broader framework programme and to the European economy and society. This includes excellence, investing in people, professional and career development for researchers, a bottom-up approach, mobility across borders, sectors and disciplines and the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Stakeholders will help shape the actions

The Commission is currently developing detailed proposals for the specific funding schemes in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2021-2027. These will be presented at a series of stakeholder events beginning in the autumn (dates to be announced) and will address a range of issues and challenges including:

  • How to best shape and, where possible, streamline the actions?
  • How to further simplify the rules and application procedures?
  • How to improve synergies with other funding instruments?
  • How to ensure greater equality, diversity and inclusion?

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions​ supporting early-career researchers for more than 20 years

  • 120 000 funded researchers
  • 9 Nobel Prizes
  • 1 Oscar
  • Contributing to major scientific discoveries such as Higgs Boson and the gravitational waves

For more information, see the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions factsheet.

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