msca work programme

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