EUR 1.046 billion, i.e. almost 10% of the overall budget for 2020 of the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, are allocated to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), announced the European Commission on 2 July. This represents the biggest annual budget MSCA ever had to fund international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training and mobility.
With the allocated budget MSCA is expected to fund almost 2 000 projects involving more than 10 500 researchers:
- more than 150 doctoral networks involving over 2 000 PhD candidates through Innovative Training Networks (ITN);
- more than 1 600 postdoctoral fellowships through Individual Fellowship (IF);
- approximately 80 international collaborative projects enabling more than 7 000 staff exchanges via Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE);
- roughly 20 doctoral and 20 fellowship programmes at regional and national level supporting around 500 PhD candidates and 750 postdocs via the COFUND scheme;
- almost 400 events to promote science and reach out to 2 million citizens across Europe within the European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT).
The next and last calls for MSCA funding under Horizon 2020 will open on:
|MSCA Action||Call opening date||Budget|
|ITN||12 September 2019||EUR 530.13 million|
|IF||8 April 2020||EUR 328 million|
|RISE||5 December 2019||EUR 80 million|
|COFUND||8 April 2020||EUR 100 million|
|NIGHT||8 October 2019||EUR 8 million|