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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

An information session on MSCA Fellowships was held in June 2018; slides are available here.


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) provide grants for researchers at different career stages, encouraging international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented researchers and to create strategic partnerships with institutions worldwide.

The MSCA are open to all domains of research and innovation with a fully 'bottom-up' approach key. Mobility is a key requirement in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, with researchers receiving funding on the condition that they move from one country to another to enhance their training in order to complete an excellent research projects.

The current Work Programme for all Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions is available here and is an essential starting place to understanding the remit of the schemes:

For further information about all the MSCAs, please see:  and

UKRO have prepared some useful factsheets on the MSCA which provide a potted overview of the schemes, please see:



MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF)

Individual Fellowships support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best overseas researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding (for research and training) in liaison with their planned host organisation, represented by a Supervisor (an established academic at the University who is willing to support the research and training of the incoming fellow). Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by and suitability of the host organisation. Fellows can also spend part of the fellowship elsewhere in Europe if this would boost impact and enhance training (via 'secondments'), and those restarting their career in Europe benefit from special eligibility conditions.

Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships:

European Fellowships (12-24 months) are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held. The European Fellowship award covers 12-24 months' salary, a mobility allowance, family allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. The Standard European Fellowship is that which is most commonly used in the University to enable external scholars of any nationality (‘Experienced Researchers’) to conduct training and research at Cambridge under the guidance of a Supervisor (typically a UTO or an experienced academic on a research contract which extends beyond the MSCA IF award duration and should be discussed at Department level).

Return and reintegration of researchers into a longer term research position in Europe, including in their country of origin, is supported via a separate multi-disciplinary reintegration panel of the European Fellowships. For the reintegration panel, there should be mobility into Europe.

Support to individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave, is ensured via a separate multi-disciplinary career restart panel of the European Fellowships. To qualify for the career restart panel, researchers must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission.

Researchers seeking to work on research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector will be supported via a separate multi-disciplinary society and enterprise panel of the European Fellowships. The objective of this panel is to facilitate career moves between the academic and non-academic sectors and to open attractive career opportunities for researchers outside academia.

Global Fellowships (24-36 months) are based on research and training in a Third Country (e.g. the US, Australia, or China; not a European Member State or Associated Country) for 12-24 months, and include a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The Experienced Researcher must be a national of an MS or AC (or defined as a long-term resident) and have spent no more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years in the country of the TC partner organisation. The panels for Career Restart, Reintegration and Society and Enterprise have different mobility criteria, please see the full call information available at:

Researchers receiving an Individual Fellowship may opt to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship. For a fellowship of 18 months or less, the secondment phase may last up to three months. For a fellowship of more than 18 months, the secondment phase may last up to six months. The secondment phase can be a single period or be divided into shorter mobility periods. The secondment should significantly add to the impact of the fellowship.

DEADLINE: 12 September 2018

Please see:

The Guide for Applicants is available here


MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

ITN supports competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond. Partnerships take the form of collaborative European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) or European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

Further guidance on the MSCA ITN, in particular the European Training Network, can be found here. The next deadline is 10 January 2017, with full details of the call available here:

An overview factsheet of the scheme is available here. Slides from an UKRO Information event on the scheme (October 2015) can be downloaded here.


MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE)

RISE supports short-term mobility (international and inter-sectoral) of research and innovation staff at all career levels, from the most junior (post-graduate) to the most senior (management), including also administrative and technical staff. It is open to partnerships of universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations both within and beyond Europe. In worldwide partnerships, academia-to-academia exchanges are permitted.

The next deadline is 5 April 2017. An overview factsheet of the scheme is available here.

An overview factsheet of the scheme is available here. Slides from an UKRO Information event on the scheme (February 2016) can be downloaded here.


MSCA Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes that finance fellowships involving mobility to or from another country (COFUND)

The MSCA offer additional funding to regional, national and international programmes for research training and career development. COFUND programmes encourage the movement of researchers across borders and provide good working conditions. The scheme can support doctoral and fellowship programmes.

The next deadlines are: 29 September 2016; 28 September 2017.

Slides from a recent Information Session (25 May 2016) hosted by the MSCA National Contact point on the COFUND can be found here; and see too slides from one of the speakers, Alan Craig, Head of Sector, COFUND, Research Executive Agency, which are available here.  


The European Researchers' Night (NIGHT)

It is a Europe-wide public event to stimulate interest in research careers, especially among young people. The activities are focused on the general public and might take various forms such as hands-on experiments, science shows, debates, competitions or quizzes. The NIGHT takes place yearly, typically on the last Friday of the month of September.


The Horizon 2020 2016-2017 Work Programme covering all MSCA can be downloaded directly here: