The Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme differs from other programmes as its’ primary focus is on the individual researcher rather than the research itself. As a ‘bottom-up’ programme, researchers enjoy the freedom of selecting the ideas for the research proposal. The aim of the programme is to stimulate researchers career development with mobility defined as a key requirement for all MSCA actions. The types of research grants available under this programme include;
Individual Fellowships CALLS CLOSED
This action funds researchers to join research centres for the duration specified in the grant. There are two types of Individual Fellowship:
- European Fellowships – providing an opportunity for researchers to broaden their horizons by working at a research organisation in Europe, with a view to acquiring new skills or working in new sectors. The fellowships are open to researchers either moving within Europe or coming to Europe.
- Global Fellowships – facilitating European researchers to acquire new knowledge by working outside Europe for a time, then to transfer that knowledge back into Europe.
The main activity of an Individual Fellowship is a research project, developed by the researcher in collaboration with their host organisation, and designed to provide training through research. An integral part of the fellowship is training in complementary and transferrable skills, for example, research management, intellectual property rights, entrepreneurship, education and outreach, inter-sectoral or interdisciplinary knowledge transfer, building collaborations, and organisational skills.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to incorporate a secondment to another organisation into their fellowship plans. Ideally this secondment should be to an organisation in another sector e.g. a researcher carrying out a fellowship at a university might consider a secondment in the public or private sector, a NGO, a museum or other appropriate organisation.
Innovative Training Networks Call Opening 15 Sept 2016
The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.
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.
RISE – Call opening 1st Dec 2016
The RISE scheme promotes international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges. RISE involves organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe and outside Europe. The scheme is aimed at knowledge sharing via international as well as inter-sectoral mobility, based on two-way secondments of research and innovation staff (exchanges) with an in-built return mechanism.
COFUND– Call opening 14 Apr 2016
The COFUND scheme aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes operating in Europe to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The programmes can be new or already in existence, but they must be either:
- Fellowship Programmes or
- Doctoral Programmes
Fellowship programmes can be open to Experienced Researchers (PhD holders or those with four years of research experience) at any career stage, from a recent graduate to an emeritus professor.
All programmes must have an element of transnational mobility, either bringing new researchers into the country (incoming mobility), sending researchers outside of the country for a defined period (outgoing mobility) or assisting researchers previously active in the country to re-establish themselves there (reintegration). Any organisation in a Member State or Associated country that can manage a fellowships programme for Experienced Researchers can apply. The financial support offered by the action is approximately 40% of the total costs of the fellowships programme, up to a maximum of €10 million per programme, and includes institutional costs (such as management costs and overheads). The participation of other sectors such as the private, public or other sectors, where appropriate, is strongly encouraged.