As of January 2014, with the move to Horizon 2020, the Marie Curie Actions are now called the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). This change better reflects the Polish roots of this extraordinary scientist who inspired and inspires the programme.

Awarding €6.16 billion in the period to 2020, the MSCA support research training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field (a “bottom-up” approach).

There are MSCA grants for all stages of a researcher’s career, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers, which encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA will become the main EU programme for doctoral training, financing 25,000 PhDs.

Endowing researchers with new skills and a wider range of competences, while offering them attractive working conditions, is a crucial aspect of the MSCA. In addition to fostering mobility between countries, the MSCA also seek to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business. Several MSCA initiatives promote the involvement of industry etc. in doctoral and post-doctoral research.

MSCA Programme Overview

  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

Support for Innovative Training Networks that develop new researchers

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Are you looking for high quality doctoral-level training in and outside academia?

Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers.

The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

Types of Innovative Training Networks

  • European Training Network (ETN)

Joint research training, implemented by at least three partners from in and outside academia. The aim is for the researcher to experience different sectors and develop their transferable skills by working on joint research projects. The organisation should be established in at least three different EU or associated countries Choose translations of the previous link. Additional participants from any organisation anywhere in the world can also join a network.

  • European Industrial Doctorates (EID)

Joint doctoral training delivered by at least one academic partner entitled to award doctoral degrees, and at least one partner from outside academia, primarily enterprise. Each participating researcher is enrolled in a doctoral programme and is jointly supervised by supervisors from the academic and non-academic sector, where they spend at least 50% of their time. The aim is for the doctoral candidates to develop skills inside and outside academia that respond to public and private sector needs. The organisations should be established in at least two different EU or associated countries Choose translations of the previous link. A wider set of partner organisations from anywhere in the world may also complement the training.

  • European Joint Doctorates (EJD)

A minimum of three academic organisations form a network with the aim of delivering joint, double or multiple degrees. Joint supervision of the research fellow and a joint governance structure are mandatory. The aim is to promote international, intersectoral and multi/interdisciplinary collaboration in doctoral training in Europe. The organisations should be from different EU or associated countries Choose translations of the previous link. The participation of additional organisations from anywhere in the world, including from the non-academic sector, is encouraged.

  • Individual Fellowships (IF)

Support for experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries, with the option to work outside academia.

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Are you an experienced researcher thinking about your next career move? Individual Fellowships fund researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad.

There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

European Fellowships (EF)

  • Held in the EU or associated countries Choose translations of the previous link.
  • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
  • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
  • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

Global Fellowships (GF)

  • Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries Choose translations of the previous link.
  • There is a mandatory one-year return period.
  • European and Global Fellowships can also include a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.


  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

For international and inter-sectoral cooperation

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Would your staff like to gain experience in a different work environment (academic, private sector) or in another country?

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funds short-term exchanges for staff to develop careers combining scientific excellence with exposure to other countries and sectors. RISE enables more interaction between academia and non-academic organisations within Europe and worldwide.

Who can apply?

This action is meant for organisations such as universities, research centres or companies – that propose a short term exchange to their staff. Proposals should include at least three partners, which can be universities, research institutions, or non-academic organisations. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to participate.

Partner organisations should be from three different countries. At least two of these should be from the EU or associated countriespdf Choose translations of the previous link. Partners from elsewhere in the world can also join. If the exchange happens between the EU or associated countries Choose translations of the previous link it must be intersectoral. In worldwide partnerships, exchanges within the same sector are possible.

Partners get together and propose a joint project. Proposals should highlight networking opportunities, sharing of knowledge and the skills development of staff members.

Research staff of any nationality and any career level (postgraduates to experienced researchers) can undertake a secondment. Staff members working in managerial, technical or administrative roles can also be seconded.

  • Co-funding of Regional, National & International Programmes (COFUND)

Regional, national and international programmes that finance research training or fellowships involving mobility to or from another country

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Do you have or plan a research mobility programme and are looking for some extra funding to expand it or give it an international dimension?

COFUND offers additional funding for new or existing regional, national and international programmes to provide an international and intersectoral dimension to research training and career development. Doctoral programmes as well as fellowship programmes for experienced researchers can be supported. Transnational mobility opens up new horizons for researchers.

Who can apply?

This action is meant for organisations that fund or manage doctoral programmes or fellowship programmes for researchers.

Each COFUND proposal should have a sole participant, which could be a government ministry, regional authority, funding agency, university, research organisation, research academy or enterprise.

Experienced researchers apply directly with the funding organisation while doctoral candidates can find vacancies of co-funded programmes on Euraxess.

H2020 MSCA Career in Europe Programm

The MSCA is a renowned EU H2020 programme for exchange of researchers and scientists of all domains. It provides grants for all stages of researchers’ careers. The purpose is to promote transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

Check out the Latest MSCA Job List
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