Grants provided by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are available for all stages of a researcher’s career. Fellows include PhD candidates and those carrying out more advanced research.

Because they encourage individuals to work in other countries, the MSCA make the whole world a learning environment. They encourage collaboration and sharing of ideas between different industrial sectors and research disciplines – all to the benefit of the wider European economy. MSCA also back initiatives that break down barriers between academia, industry and business. In addition, they reach out to the public with events that promote the value – and fun side – of science.

These inter-related goals are reflected in the various types of MSCA actions.

It all adds up to a huge investment. In fact, the EU has set aside EUR 6.16 billion to be spent by 2020 on researcher training and career development.


Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

ITN drive scientific excellence and innovation. They bring together universities, research institutes and other sectors from across the world to train researchers to doctorate level.

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Individual Fellowships (IF)

IF are great opportunities if you are an experienced researcher looking to give your career a boost by working abroad. They offer exciting new learning opportunities and a chance to add some sparkle to your CV.

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Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

RISE funds short-term exchanges of personnel between academic, industrial and commercial organisations throughout the world.

It helps people develop their knowledge, skills and careers, while building links between organisations working in different sectors of the economy, including universities, research institutes and SMEs.

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Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)

COFUND provides organisations with additional financial support for their own researcher training and career development programmes.

The extra funds are available for new or existing schemes for training researchers abroad and across various sectors.


European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)

This is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.