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The list below provides regularly updated information we receive about available support at national/regional level for MSCA proposals with a Seal of Excellence.
A number of other countries have suggested that recipients may wish to contact the National Contact Point in your host country to check if there are funding possibilities available.
The Seal of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship@OeAW Programme supports promising researchers who applied for an MSCA-European Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Austrian Academy of Sciences as host institution and who were awarded a Seal of Excellence but did not receive funding. The Austrian Academy of Sciences is the first institution in Austria to take advantage of the European Commission’s high quality evaluation process, to recognize the Seal of Excellence Award and to provide alternative funding to excellent researchers. The funding of up to € 200.000 per researcher will enable international talents to realise their creative and innovative potential and to implement their research as well as career development plan at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, therefore fostering excellence through training, supporting mobility and equipping researchers with new skills and competences in order to identify solutions to current and future challenges.
As from the 2018 call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Individual Fellowships, up to 8 candidates with the highest scores on the reserve list will be picked up by the FWO.
Only the applications with a Flemish affiliation for a standard European fellowship, career restart panel and reintegration panel are eligible for this fellowship.
Candidates have to submit an application for a Seal of Excellence fellowship at FWO with a main host institution as affiliation acceptable to the FWO under its postdoctoral researcher regulation.
This top of candidates on the reserve list will be awarded an FWO postdoctoral fellowship with a duration of 24 months. More information on the FWO website.
The Bulgarian Science Fund is responsible for the implementation of a national programme called Petar Beron Research and Innovation with Europe.
The programme offers two opportunities for funding. For MSCA applicants who have received an evaluation score of 80% or above but were not funded by the Commission - only Standard European Fellowships with host organisation in Bulgaria and proposals submitted during the last three calls before the national call. For applicants who have received an evaluation score of 80% or above in the national call for submission of proposals which will be evaluated by independent external experts in line with the criteria and procedures of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The mobility rule still applies.
The budget for the first year is €665,000 and can be increased to €970,000 per year after that. For 2019, a call is open. The deadline for submission of proposals is 20 September 2019.
The proposals which obtain a score of 70% or above in the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call under Horizon Europe, but are not proposed for funding under MSCA call due to the lack of budget, are eligible for funding under the Operational Programme John Amos Comenius (2021-2027). It is a continuation of the successful funding scheme under the previous Operational Programme Research, Development and Education (2014-2020).
This national initiative supports international mobility of researchers, i.e. researchers leaving the Czech Republic for a host institution in an EU Member State/Horizon Europe Associated Country (departures from the CR), and vice-versa, i.e. researchers choosing their host institution in the Czech Republic (arrivals in the CR).
The first national call is supposed to be launched in spring 2022 and will be also open for proposals from MSCA-IF-2020 call under Horizon 2020.
The provider of this national funding scheme is the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS).
More information on the website of the MEYS (in Czech)
The Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) is responsible for a Programme called “Horizon 2020 – 2nd Opportunity” under the “RESTART 2016-2020” funding scheme. This includes funding earmarked for MSCA applicants (all European Fellowships with host organisation in Cyprus) who have received an evaluation score greater or equal to 85/100, but were not funded by the European Commission due to budget exhaustion (Below Available Budget).
More information (in Greek)
Drawing on funds from the European Social Fund, the Research Council of Lithuania (RCL) launched several calls to fund recipients of the MSCA Seal of excellence, as well as any applicant to the MSCA-IF calls who scored above a threshold of 70%.
The calls provided funding of up to 36 months. The last call closed in December 2019. More information (in Lithuanian)
The University of Trento (UniTrento) has launched an initiative for MSCA Seal of excellence recipients who applied to be hosted at the university, beginning with the 2018 IF call. More information
The University of Padova has foreseen funding for recipients of the Seal of Excellence who had applied to be hosted at the university. More information
The Politecnico di Milano will fund the 5 best MSCA recipients of the Seal from the H2020-MSCA-IF-2019 (European Fellowship) call who applied to be hosted at the Politecnico. They will be offered a postdoc position for two years with €40,000/year (gross amount) as salary and €20,000 for startup fund for research activities, training and networking. The Politecnico is also launching a pilot Master Class for potential applicants to the MSCA – IF call 2019. More information
The Sapienza University (Università di Roma) has launched a new initiative for MSCA Seal of excellence recipients who applied to be hosted at the university. More information
The Fondazione Regionale Per La Ricerca Biomedica (Regione Lombardia) launched a new call (with deadline 15 March 2021) to fund recipients of the MSCA Seal of Excellence under the 2019 MSCA Individual Fellowships Call. More information: in English and Italian.
The University of Siena launched a call (deadline 18 June 2021) for researchers who received the Seal of Excellence for proposals submitted under the MSCA Individual Fellowships 2019 and 2020 calls. The University of Siena intends to support four researchers for projects lasting 12-18 months in each of the following academic areas: Economics, Law and Political Science; Humanities, History, Philosophy and Arts; Biomedical and Medical Sciences; and Experimental Sciences. The call is also open to researchers who did not apply with UNISI as the project host institution. More information: in English and Italian.
Finally, the province of Bolzano has recently unveiled its new initiative to fund MSCA Seal of Excellence recipients, starting with the 2019 IF call.
To receive funding from the Province of Bolzano, such projects must be implemented at one of the local research performing institutions. Project proposals that were prepared and submitted for evaluation with a host institution outside the Province of Bolzano and received the Seal of Excellence are also eligible for this provincial funding if the fellow finds a suitable host institution and supervisor in the Province.
More information (in German and Italian)
Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation launched a Call for Proposals “TRAPEZIO – Paving the way to research excellence and talent attraction” to fund researchers who have been awarded the Seal of Excellence in response to a European Commission “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Horizon 2020 European Individual Fellowships and Horizon Europe Postdoctoral Fellowships” call. The initiative aims to offer SoE holders the opportunity to develop their research project at a Host Institution in Piedmont or Liguria, therefore supporting high quality international projects in the field of research, enhancing the best project proposals and attracting talented researchers to Italy.
The Call for Proposals is aimed at the following entities with active operational offices in Piedmont and/or Liguria: Universities, Public and Private Non-Profit Research Organizations, Public or Private Research Hospitals, Hospital Trusts and University Hospital Trusts.
Deadlines for the submission of applications: 30 December 2021 and 31 March 2023
Since 2019, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) awards each year up to 4 grants to departments with a MSCA-IF applicant who applied with LUMC as host institution and received a Seal of Excellence. This internal grant covers max. 50% of the applied MSCA-IF budget, provided that the department covers the remaining costs to implement the proposed project. The internal LUMC regulation was offered for IF-2019 and IF-2020, and is expected to be continued for PF-2021 under Horizon Europe.
The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) has launched the Ulam Programme – Seal of Excellence to support MSCA Seal of Excellence recipients.
The first edition of the Ulam Programme – Seal of Excellence, announced on 15 September 2020, is dedicated to researchers and national scientific institutions whose joint proposals were awarded the Seal of Excellence in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships 2019 call. The deadline for submission of applications is 15 October 2020.
In the following years, the Ulam Programme – Seal of Excellence will be dedicated to scientists and research institutions that will be awarded MSCA Seals of Excellence in the subsequent editions of MSCA IF.
The Slovenian Research Agency invited national research institutions that had participated in the MSCA-IF-2019 call evaluation procedure and acquired a score of 85% or more to apply for co-funding of their projects.
The Slovenian call foresees a co-financing of 9 research projects. The deadline for submission of applications closed 15 October 2020.
More information (in Slovene).
The Strategy Group for EU-Coordination in Sweden has prepared a call MSCA EF Seal of Excellence. The aim is to provide funding for recipients of the Seal of Excellence to European Postdoctoral Fellowships projects to be hosted by Swedish organisations that were positively evaluated and on the reserve list but could not be financed through the Horizon Europe budget. Funding will be provided via Vinnova. The Swedish offer is open for PF-2021. The number of funded SoE projects will be limited and according to available budget.
Switzerland has no relevant national funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence.
However, since 2018, the University of Bern (UBERN) has foreseen matching funds for the institutes at UBERN to employ their MSC IF applicants who received the Seal of Excellence. An expression of interest must be submitted by the supervisor. More information
Recipients of the Seal with any other Swiss host institute are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and to contact the NCP for the proposal preparation.
Alternative funding sources for experienced researchers interested in pursuing research in Switzerland (although not specifically targeting or prioritising SoE holders) include, for example, calls by the Swiss National Science Foundation or the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Additional information for other host countries without specific measures for Seal recipients
In addition to the above, Austria provides funding for experienced researchers through different national programmes.
These funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritised. Applications are peer reviewed and subject to specific eligibility criteria.
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organisation for basic research and offers the following mobility programmes
- Erwin Schrödinger Fellowships including a return phase
- Lise Meitner Programme (incoming/reintegration)
We also recommend consulting the Austrian Database for Scholarships and Research Grants
Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels Federation)
Wallonia-Brussels Federation has no specific funding schemes for recipients of the MSCA IF Seal of Excellence.
Recipients of the MSCA IF Seal of Excellence who fulfil the specific eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply to funding schemes of the Fund for Scientific Research – FNRS, in particular the mandate for postdoctoral researcher. These funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritised. Applications are peer reviewed.
Applicants are also encouraged to visit EURAXESS Belgium for more information on research jobs and funding in Belgium.
Finland has no relevant national/regional funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence.
Recipients of the seal are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and, where appropriate, contact the national contact point for the proposal preparation.
Alternative funding sources for experienced researchers interested in pursuing research in Finland (although not specifically targeting or prioritising Seal of Excellence holders) include, for example, calls by the Academy for Finland.
Germany has no relevant national funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence.
Recipients of the Seal of Excellence are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and, where appropriate, contact the national contact pointy for the proposal preparation.
Experienced researchers willing to pursue research in Germany should visit Research in Germany for further information on alternative funding schemes.
The listed funding schemes are not restricted to recipients of the Seal of Excellence, neither are Seal of Excellence recipients given priority in the application process.
There are a range of fellowship opportunities in Ireland provided by government research funding agencies and other bodies.
Most notably, there are a number of fellowship programmes running in Ireland that are co-funded by the MSCA COFUND programme. Our three main national research funding agencies (see below) also offer fellowship programmes that are fully funded by the Irish government.
Applications are subject to rigorous international peer review and each programme has its own specific eligibility criteria which must be adhered to.
Please note that these programmes are not exclusive to Seal of Excellence holders, neither are Seal of Excellence holders prioritised in the assessment process. However, Seal of Excellence holders are encouraged to include information on their Seal of Excellence award in their application as evidence of their track record.
Please note that the list of opportunities above is not exhaustive.
Applicants are encouraged to visit EURAXESS Ireland for more information on research jobs and funding in Ireland.
Norway has no relevant national or regional funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence.
Recipients of the MSCA Seal of Excellence are encouraged to resubmit their proposal in the next call and, where appropriate, contact the local EU-advisor at the host organisation or the national contact point for the proposal preparation.
Norway provides funding for experienced researchers through national programmes. The Research Council of Norway has annual calls for "Researcher projects for young talents" and "Three-year Researcher Project with International Mobility". Applications must be sent from a Norwegian university or research institution. The funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritized. Applications are peer reviewed and subject to specific eligibility criteria.
In Spain there are no specific mechanisms or budgetary allocations for funding MSCA Seal of Excellence recipients . At this moment we are not aware of such instruments at regional and/or institutional level.
The Research and Innovation State Agency runs different national funding schemes supporting researchers. Seal of Excellence can apply to National Programme for the Promotion of Talent and Its Employability calls, but will not be prioritised.
For further information on funding calls at national level, please consult the Researcher Career Path created by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.
The UK has no plans to introduce a specific funding scheme for recipients of the MSCA Seal of Excellence.
The UK provides funding for early-career researchers through a variety of funding schemes provided by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Academies.
These funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritised. Applications are peer reviewed and subject to specific eligibility criteria. Further details are available at
UK Research and Innovation UKRI
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