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TOPIC : Individual Fellowships

Topic identifier: MSCA-IF-2018
Publication date: 27 October 2017

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 European Fellowships , MSCA-IF-GF Global Fellowships
DeadlineModel:
Planned opening date:
single-stage
12 April 2018
Deadline: 12 September 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Work Programme Part: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
Topic Description
Objective:

The goal of the 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 researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.

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 Horizon 2020 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 per call will be evaluated.

Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 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.

Direct return to and long-term reintegration of researchers 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 must be direct mobility to the country of the beneficiary in Europe from a third country (compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

Support to individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave or due to recent migration, 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 a continuous period of at least 12 months within the 18 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, to stimulate innovation, and to open attractive career opportunities for researchers outside academia.

The Widening Fellowships implemented through Work Programme part 15, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, provide specific support to researchers to undertake their fellowship in a widening country[1]. This will help spread excellence and close the still apparent research and innovation gap within Europe.

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. In the Global Fellowships, such a secondment can also take place at the start of the action at the beneficiary or a partner organisation in Europe for a maximum of 3 months, allowing the researcher to spend time there before moving on to a partner organisation in a third country.

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, teaching, planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Researchers participating in the Individual Fellowships may opt to work part-time in order to pursue supplementary activities. These might include creating a company, or engaging in advanced studies not related to the MSCA grant. Any supplementary activities carried out part-time in parallel with the MSCA action must be agreed upon by the researcher and the beneficiary.

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
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Gender
Socio-economic science and humanities
International cooperation

[1]These countries are aligned with Work Programme part 15, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
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. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in the MSCA part of the Work Programme.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission service below. The maximum length of a proposal is 10 pages, excluding the CV of the researcher and the annexes.

 

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) are described in the MSCA part of the Work Programme.

The maximum length of a proposal is 10 pages, excluding the CV of the researcher and the annexes.

 

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
 

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Specific rules and funding rates are described in the MSCA part of the Work Programme.
Standard proposal template
MSCA standard evaluation form
Guide for applicants MSCA-IF [The relevant version will be published at the opening of the call for proposals]
Model Grant Agreement MSCA IF – Mono-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

 

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information

 

Consortium Agreement:

Not applicable - this is a mono-beneficiary action.

 

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

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.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

 

8. Additional documents:

Introduction of the Work Programme 2018-20
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) - Work Programme 2018-20
Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20
General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

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