The COVID-19 outbreak has caused major disruptions for many researchers, projects and organisations, including those working with EU funding. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are therefore seeking to provide responsive, up-to-date information for all MSCA researchers and projects.
Researchers, project managers and interested stakeholders can access information on relevant news and initiatives, call updates or frequently asked questions, and also learn about inspiring stories on how MSCA researchers and projects are working to tackle the spread of coronavirus and its wider effects on our society.
MSCA PROJECTS RELEVANT TO COVID-19 AND RELATED TOPICS
The current COVID-19 outbreak has not caught EU-funded research off guard. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are supporting outstanding researchers in finding solutions to challenges posed by COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and their consequences on our societies.
Read more about these MSCA projects on the dedicated page.
INFORMATION FOR MSCA FELLOWS AND PROJECT MANAGERS
- Extension Information for MSCA Individual Fellowships
On 21/04/2020 the European Commission published an information note for MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF) projects and fellows impacted by confinement measures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Open Access guidelines for H2020 projects working on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and related topics
The European Commission is calling upon all H2020 projects working on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and related topics to provide immediate open access to their related publications, data and any other output. To support the projects, a guidance document has been developed that includes specific guidelines regarding aspects such as FAIR data, open access or data management plans.
- COVID-19 Data Portal
The COVID-19 Data Portal was launched in April 2020 to bring together relevant datasets for sharing and analysis in an effort to accelerate coronavirus research. It enables researchers to upload, access and analyse COVID-19 related reference data and specialist datasets as part of the wider European COVID-19 Data Platform.
- Horizon Results Platfrom – COVID-19 relevant results
The Horizon Results Platform has created a dedicated section with results relevant to COVID-19 developed by H2020 projects. MSCA projects can upload their results and related information, such as their needs to develop them further and relevance for policy making. MSCA projects can find guidance on how to upload their results to the platform in the guidelines available online.
- Research/Innovation Corona Platform FAQs
The European Research Area (ERA) operates a central Corona Platform for all information on how the current crisis may effect research and innovation projects. Some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) by MSCA project coordinators and fellows can be found on the platform’s FAQ page.
New MSCA FAQs have been added on 17 April 2020, additional FAQs might be published in the future.
- REA News
The Research Executive Agency (REA)’s news on the coronavirus can offer advice to MSCA project coordinators and fellows whose projects and activities may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
In order to minimise disruptions caused by COVID-19 on business continuity, The REA has also published a news item detailing the latest decisions taken at the European Commission level that have an impact on its research management activities. The news item also contains relevant links and information on calls for proposals, evaluations and experts, grant management and links to FAQs for project managers and fellows.
- Call extensions
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the difficulties applicants may have experienced in submitting their proposals, the Commission has decided to Extend the RISE 2020 call deadline by two weeks, until 12 May 2020, 17:00 Brussels time.
- Common European Response
The European Commission (EC) is coordinating a Common European Response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information about the EC’s work to mitigate its effects across Europe, please visit the EC’s Coordinated Response page.
- Coronavirus: online learning resources
The Education and Training website of the European Commission (EC) has prepared a selection of online resources and tools for learners, teachers and educators during the outbreak of COVID-19.
- Commission-funded coronavirus and pandemic research
The European Commission has been at the forefront of supporting research and coordination of European and global efforts to tackle the spread of coronavirus, including preparedness for pandemics and other outbreaks. Some of this amazing research can be referenced via the coronavirus research and innnovation pages.
Information on other research and innovation actions of the European Commission can also be found on the research areas support page.
- EUvsVirus Pan-European Hackathon
he European Commission, in close collaboration with EU member states, will host the Pan-European hackathon #EUvsVirus to work in developing innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. The event will take place from 24-26 April 2020.
Applications can be sent through the hackathon’s website.
THE MSCA ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The MSCA social media are continuously updated with relevant information for MSCA project coordinators and fellows, as well as testimonials of top-notch MSCA fellows and projects working to find solutions to challenges posed by coronaviruses and other infectious diseases.
The MSCA can found on social media at: