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How to apply

This page will guide you through the main steps to apply for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) funding. Here, you will learn

  • which is the best type of funding for you to apply for
  • how to apply
  • how to find a job (for individuals)
  • where to find more information and guidance

Who can apply for MSCA

To receive MSCA funding you can either:

  1. Apply as an organisation: you can submit a proposal to an open funding call on behalf of your organisation or a consortium.
  2. Apply as an individual to Postdoctoral Fellowships: you can develop and submit a proposal to an open funding call jointly with your host organisation. 
  3. Apply to PhD and postdoctoral vacancies funded by MSCA projects.

For more detail on the types of applicants eligible for each of the MSCA, and to check the specific conditions of each call on the MSCA Work Programme follow the link to section About MSCA Actions.


Apply as an organisation

As an organisation or consortium of organisations, you can submit an application to an open funding call for Doctoral Networks, Staff Exchanges, COFUND or MSCA and Citizens. Below you will find the main steps you should follow throughout the process.

Before the publication of the call

  1. Find out which MSCA action and call is suitable for your organisation or consortium.
  2. Find partners you would like to work with, if applicable. This information is available in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal when you follow the link to the “Partner Search” function.
  3. Sign in to the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal. To register for an account or to use your existing account, follow the link to the EU Login account page.
  4. You need to register your organisation to participate in a proposal or call. Follow the link to register your organisation to get a PIC number.
  5. Get further guidance on participation when you contact the National Contact Point in your country. Follow the link to contact the MSCA NCPs.

Once the call is open

  1. When the call is announced on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal, you should carefully read the guidance documents posted. Some of the key documents are
    • guide for applicants: overview of rules, financial aspects, etc.
    • MSCA Work Programme and annexes
    • proposal templates
    • Model Grant Agreements
    • Horizon Online manual on how to submit an application
    • Frequently Asked Questions on the Funding & tender opportunities portal
  2. Contact your partners to gather all the details you need for the application.
  3. Start writing your proposal and fill in all the administrative forms and annexes. You can allow your partners to contribute.
  4. Become familiar with the Electronic Submission Service, which is the online system you must use to submit proposals.
  5. Submit your proposal as early as possible before the deadline expires to avoid last-minute submission problems. You will get an ‘acknowledgement of receipt’ e-mail for each submission.

After the deadline

  1. The European Research Executive Agency (REA) will check whether your proposal meets the call’s eligibility criteria.
  2. All eligible proposals are evaluated by external experts.
  3. You will receive further information as your proposal progresses through the evaluation.
  4. You will receive an email to inform you when the evaluation results are ready. You can check them through the ‘My area’ tab in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal.
  5. If your proposal is successful, you will be invited to sign a grant agreement with the EU.

Apply to Postdoctoral Fellowships

If you are an experienced researcher interested in carrying out a research project, you can apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships. You will need to develop an application jointly with your chosen host organisation and submit it to an open funding call published on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal.

Below you will find the basic steps you should follow throughout the process:

  1. Find out which type of Postdoctoral Fellowships is suitable to your project: European Postdoctoral Fellowships or Global Postdoctoral Fellowships
  2. Check carefully the requirements to make sure you are eligible to apply. The following documents, available for each call on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal, are key to learn more
    • guide for applicants, overview of rules, financial aspects, etc.
    • MSCA Work Programme and annexes
    • proposal templates
    • Model Grant Agreements
    • Horizon Online manual on how to submit an application
    • Frequently Asked Questions on the Funding & tender opportunities portal
  3. Find a host organisation. On top of your network that will be an invaluable source for finding a host, you can also investigate other sources. Euraxess publishes hosting offers (Expressions of Interest) from research institutions interested in supporting your application to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships calls. Offers are often in very concrete fields of research. In many cases, you will be in contact with a supervisor to develop your application.
  4. Get familiar with the application process and the required documents and forms. Hosting organisations and their research offices will often offer you training and guidance to prepare a successful research proposal and submit it. A number of online portals and regular webinars offer as well specific guidance on how to prepare and submit your proposal.
  5. Get further guidance on participation through the National Contact Point in your country. Follow the link to contact the MSCA NCPs.

Information and guidance

European Research Executive Agency (REA)

If you need more information on the application and evaluation process, the website of REA is the main source of information for future applicants and beneficiaries. Follow the link to REA’s website.

MSCA National Contact Points

If you need help to prepare your application or have questions about the specific requirements of the job offers funded under the MSCA, you can reach out to the MSCA National Contact Points in your country.

Research Inquiry Service

If you have any questions about the MSCA (calls for proposals, application procedures, etc.) please submit it to the Research Enquiry Service.

The service is the main contact point for future and current fellows, universities, research organisations, public institutions and businesses to answer all questions about their participation in the MSCA and in the European Union’s Research Framework Programmes.