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TOPIC : Individual Fellowships

Topic identifier: MSCA-IF-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: MSCA-IF-EF-CAR Career Restart panel , MSCA-IF-EF-RI Reintegration panel , MSCA-IF-EF-SE Society and Enterprise panel , MSCA-IF-EF-ST Standard EF , MSCA-IF-GF Global Fellowships
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
12 April 2016
Deadline: 14 September 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Topic Updates
  • 15 April 2016 20:04

    The submission session is now available for: MSCA-IF-EF-ST-Standard EF, MSCA-IF-EF- CAR – Career Restart panel, MSCA-IF-EF-RI– Reintegration panel, MSCA-IF-EF-SE Society and Enterprise panel & MSCA-IF-GF Global Fellowships

  • 12 April 2016 17:12

    A technical issue prevented the submission session to be ready on the expected date. Our services are looking into it in order to allow opening the call as soon as possible. However, you may find the "IF-2016 Guide for Applicants" (under Additional Documents).

Topic Description
Objective:

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 through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation 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.

Scope:

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

Only one proposal per individual researcher will be evaluated.

Fellowships take form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held.

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 seeking to work on research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector will be supported via a separate multi-disciplinary society and enterprise panel of the European Fellowships. The objective of this panel is to facilitate career moves between the academic and non-academic sectors and to open attractive career opportunities for researchers outside academia.

Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the Global Fellowship secondment takes place, not for the country of the return phase.

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 or innovation 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:

At researcher level:

  • Increased set of skills, both research-related and transferable ones, leading to improved employability and career prospects both in and outside academia
  • Increase in higher impact R&I output, more knowledge and ideas converted into products and services
  • Greater contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society

At organisation level:

  • Enhanced cooperation and stronger networks
  • Better transfer of knowledge between sectors and disciplines
  • Boosting of R&I capacity among participating organisations

At system level:

  • Increase in international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility of researchers in Europe
  • Strengthening of Europe's human capital base in R&I with more entrepreneurial and better trained researchers
  • Better communication of R&I results to society
  • Increase in Europe's attractiveness as a leading destination for R&I
  • Better quality research and innovation contributing to Europe's competitiveness and growth
Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
 

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong &Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan). 

     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    The conditions specific to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are described in the MSCA part of the H2020 Work Programme

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

    The award criteria and evaluation procedure specific to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is described in the MSCA section of the General Work Programme

          
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF)
    European Fellowships:

    Specific provisions and funding rates: please refer to the MSCA part of the H2020 Work Programme.
    MSCA standard self-evaluation form
    H2020 MGA MSC IF – Mono-Beneficiary
    H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF)

    Global Fellowships:

    Specific provisions and funding rates: please refer to the MSCA part of the H2020 Work Programme.
    MSCA standard self-evaluation form 
    H2020 MGA MSC IF – Mono-Beneficiary
    H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement 

     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. 
     
  8. Additional documents:
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

             MSCA-IF-2016 Guide for Applicants

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Type of Action Standard EF [MSCA-IF-EF-ST]
Topic Individual Fellowships - MSCA-IF-2016
Type of Action Reintegration panel [MSCA-IF-EF-RI]
Topic Individual Fellowships - MSCA-IF-2016
Type of Action Career Restart panel [MSCA-IF-EF-CAR]
Topic Individual Fellowships - MSCA-IF-2016
Type of Action Society and Enterprise panel [MSCA-IF-EF-SE]
Topic Individual Fellowships - MSCA-IF-2016
Type of Action Global Fellowships [MSCA-IF-GF]
Topic Individual Fellowships - MSCA-IF-2016
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