Call summary and aims
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.
• 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.
22 January 2016 15:42
An overview of the evaluation results (Flash Call Information) is now available under the tab 'Call documents'.
18 January 2016 10:44
- An indicative date for informing the applicants about the outcome of the evaluation is on Friday the 22nd of January 2016. Please note that due to the very high number of applicants to be informed this process may take 2 to 3 days.
- Signing of grant agreements for proposals proposed for funding: within 3 months from the date of informing the applicant
31 August 2015 15:58
Only relevant to Global Fellowships
Please be aware that Switzerland is an Associated Country in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – MSCA (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/hi/h2020-hi-swiss-part_en.pdf).
As a consequence, in Global Fellowships (GF) host institutions can also be established in Switzerland, while partner organisations for the initial outgoing phase cannot be established in Switzerland, as this is not considered a Third Country (i.e. countries which are neither EU Member States nor associated to Horizon 2020) in the MSCA actions.
Therefore a Global Fellowship with a Swiss partner organisation would not be eligible. On the same line, researchers who are national or long-term residents of Switzerland are eligible to participate in a Global Fellowships.
If you already registered in the Participant Portal a proposal with a Swiss partner organisation, please be aware that you can revise (re-edit) it and select another partner organisation from a Third Country until the call deadline, i.e. 10th September, 17:00:00. More information on this step can be found in Page 46 of the Proposal Submission Service User Manual (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/support/sep_usermanual.pdf).
Otherwise, the proposal may still be eligible as Standard European Fellowship.
06 July 2015 16:58
Only relevant to Global Fellowships
Please be aware that in the tab 1 – General Information the text “Duration in months” has been changed to “Duration for outgoing phase in 3rd country”.
For sake of clarity, the total project duration in Global Fellowships is between 24 and 36 months, which includes:
- Between 12 and 24 months of an initial outgoing phase in a partner organisation in a Third Country;
- 12 months of mandatory return phase in the host institution located in a Member State or Associated Country.
If you already submitted a proposal, please be aware that you can modify it until the call deadline, i.e. 10th September, 17:00:00. More information on this can be found in Page 46 of the Proposal Submission Service User Manual (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/support/sep_usermanual.pdf)
22 June 2015 09:52
A revised IF 2015 - FAQs has been updated and published (under Call documents).
22 May 2015 16:45
Please note that a revised version of the Guide for Applicants has been uploaded.
The document has been modified on the following sections:
- Definitions/Mobility Rule (page 4)
- Purpose and scope (page 6)
- Global Fellowships (page 11)
- Mobility – key factor (page 12)
- CV of the Experienced Researcher (page 41)
27 March 2015 16:00
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been published (under Call documents)
- 17 March 2015 10:48 The submission session is now available for: MSCA-IF-2015-EF(MSCA-IF-EF-CAR)
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