Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) supports the career development and training of researchers – with a focus on innovation skills – in all scientific disciplines through worldwide and cross-sector mobility.
MSCA is a ‘bottom-up’ scheme, open to all research and innovation areas except nuclear research. Applications can be submitted by researchers and innovation staff from universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses and other socio-economic actors from the EU Member States, the Associated Countries or other third countries.
Researchers only receive funding if they move from one country to another.
The following schemes make up the Work Programme:
Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
- Training a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researchers through initial and doctoral training of early-stage researchers;
- Projects typically involve a partnership of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs and other socio-economic organisations from across Europe and abroad;
- There are three types of ITN:
- European Training Networks (ETN),
- European Industrial Doctorates (EID), and
- European Joint Doctorates (EJD).
Individual Fellowships (IF)
- Fund an experienced researcher on a research fellowship aimed at diversifying their skills through advanced training and international and/or intersectoral mobility;
- The scheme also funds researchers who wish to re-start their careers after a break away from research; and
- Supporting the re-integration of researchers outside of Europe who have previously worked in Europe.
Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
- Promotes international and inter-sectoral collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges;
- Enables knowledge sharing and advance science and development of innovation;
- Funds staff exchanges between Europe and non-European counties (‘third countries’) and/or inter-sectoral exchanges between academic and non-academic partners.
- Staff exchanges can include early-stage researchers, experienced researchers, administrative, managerial and technical staff.
Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
- Co-funds new or existing multi-annual doctoral or fellowship programmes;
- Programmes are run at regional, national and international level;
- Supports international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary researcher training, mobility and career development.
Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)
- Funding to support the implementation of public and media events;
- Held on the European Researchers’ Night – last Friday of September;
- The events should raise public awareness of research and innovation activities and of individual researchers;
- The aims are to encourage young people to take up scientific careers.