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Staff Exchanges

This information on this page provides a summary of the main rules and requirements about the Staff Exchanges (SE) action and who can apply for it.

New: Funding update

The next Staff Exchanges' call for proposals is expected to open on October 2021 with a deadline in March 2022.

  • Please note that the information on this page is preliminary and subject to the final adoption and publication of the Horizon Europe Work Programme by the legislative authority.
  • Related links will be added below as soon as available. Please refer to the Funding & Tenders Portal for the latest information on calls.

Objective of Staff Exchanges

The SE action funds short-term international and inter-sectoral exchanges of staff members involved in research and innovation activities of participating organisations. The aim is to develop sustainable collaborative projects between different organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe and beyond. Exchanged staff benefit from new knowledge, skills and career development perspectives, while participating organisations increase their research and innovation capacities.

Who can apply for Staff Exchanges?

Staff Exchanges are open to international consortia of universities, research institutions, businesses, SMEs and other non-academic organisations. They need to include

  • at least three organisations in three different countries, two of which need to be located in a different EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country
  • above this minimum, the participation of organisations from any country is possible
  • if all participating organisations are from the same sector (academic or non-academic), at least one must be from a non-associated Third Country

Individual staff members are selected by their sending organisations to take part in the planned exchanges.

What does the funding cover?

Staff Exchanges projects can last up to four years. The grant funds the mobility of seconded staff members from one month to one year. Staff involved should return to their sending organisations after the secondment, to pass on their knowledge.

Staff exchanges between organisations in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries are required to be between different sectors (academic or non-academic), except if they are interdisciplinary. For partnerships with non-associated Third Countries, exchanges within the same sector and the same discipline are allowed.

Staff funded by Staff Exchanges

  • can be researchers at any career stage, from PhD candidates to postdoctoral researchers, as well as administrative, technical or managerial staff involved in research and innovation activities
  • can be of any nationality
  • must be engaged in, or linked to, research and innovation activities at their sending organisation for at least one month prior to the secondment
  • should return to their sending organisation after the secondment, to pass on their knowledge and foster collaboration

Seconded staff receives

  • a top-up allowance (for travel, accommodation, subsistence costs), which is on top of the salary paid by their organisation
  • a special needs allowance, if applicable

In addition, funding is provided for

  • research, training and networking activities
  • management and indirect costs