Research & Innovation - Participant Portal


Opening Date 12-03-2014 Deadline Date 11-09-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Budget €240,500,000 Main Pillar Excellent Science
Status Closed OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013
Call summary


The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.


Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organisation in the academic or non-academic sectors.

Fellowships are either European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers currently within and outside Europe. The country where the European Fellowship is held is subject to the rules of mobility. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The country where the Global Fellowship secondment takes place is subject to the rules of mobility, whereas the return phase is not.

Return and reintegration of researchers into a longer term research position in Europe, including in their country of origin, is supported via a separate multi-disciplinary reintegration panel of the European Fellowships. For the reintegration panel, there shall be mobility into Europe.

Support to individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave, is ensured via a separate multi-disciplinary career restart panel of the European Fellowships. To qualify for the career restart panel, researchers must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission.

Researchers receiving an Individual Fellowship may opt to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship. For a fellowship of 18 months or less, the secondment phase may last up to three months. For a fellowship of more than 18 months, the secondment phase may last up to six months. The secondment phase can be a single period or be divided into shorter mobility periods. The secondment should significantly add to the impact of the fellowship.

A Career Development Plan should be established jointly by the supervisor(s) and the researcher. In addition to research objectives, this plan comprises the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Expected impact:

• Individual Fellowships are expected to add significantly to the development of the best and most promising researchers active in Europe, in order to enhance and maximise their contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society.

• The action will also strengthen the contact network of both the researcher and the host organisation.

• The fellowship will contribute to realising the full potential of researchers and to catalysing significant development in their careers in both the academic and non-academic sectors.

• Some researchers will be resuming a research career in Europe after a break, or reintegrating within Europe after living abroad.

Call updates
  • 27-11-2014 12:13:13

    A total of 7472 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposal for each topic is shown below:
    - European Fellowships (EF): 6,425 proposals (86% of the total)
    - Global Fellowships (GF): 1,047 proposals (14% of the total).

    Indicative timetable:
    - Indicative date for informing the applicants about the outcome of evaluation: by February 10, 2015.
    - Signing of grant agreements for proposals proposed for funding: within 3 months from the date of informing the applicant.

  • 20-06-2014 14:14:23

    Frequently Asked Questions Individual Fellowship has been updated

    The European Commission (DG EAC, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Unit) has organised a web-streamed training on Tuesday, 10 June 2014, in collaboration with the Research Executive Agency (REA).

    The training focused on the two 2014 calls IF (Individual fellowships) and Cofund and is available via the link: .

  • 03-06-2014 13:31:27

    The European Commission (DG EAC, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Unit) is organising a web-streamed training on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 from 2.00 to 6.00 pm, in collaboration with the Research Executive Agency (REA).

    The training will focus on the two 2014 calls IF (Individual fellowships) and Cofund and will be transmitted via the link: .

    The live transmission will start approximately 10-15 minutes before the start of the meeting. Before that the link will not be active.  No special registration or permission by the Commission is needed in order to watch this training on line.
    The web streaming will be recorded and be available via the same link for at least one year.

  • 12-05-2014 18:44:28 The submission session is now available for: MSCA-IF-2014-EF(MSCA-IF-EF-RI), MSCA-IF-2014-GF(MSCA-IF-GF)
  • 08-05-2014 17:15:04 The submission session is now available for: MSCA-IF-2014-EF(MSCA-IF-EF-ST)
  • 08-05-2014 17:02:54 The submission session is now available for: MSCA-IF-2014-EF(MSCA-IF-EF-CAR)
  • 08-05-2014 16:17:17 The submission session is now available for: MSCA-IF-2014-EF(MSCA-IF-EF-ST)
  • 07-05-2014 11:34:41


    A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to the IF 2014 call is now available in the "Call Documents" section.

  • 05-05-2014 15:36:13

    IMPORTANT: The link for the submission of proposals for each IF implementation modality will be made available shortly.

  • 14-03-2014 17:58:25

    IMPORTANT: The link for the submission of proposals for each topic will be made available during the month of April.

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  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 3. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) IF 2014_Updated Version en
  • Guide for Applicants IF 2014 en
  • MSCA Descriptors 2014 en

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