Researchers from all scientific disciplines, at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality, are eligible for Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA). These actions, funding opportunities, are available not only to individual researchers but also to consortia of knowledge institutions and companies. Calls are published annually by the European Commission for various actions, with different rules for each action.
The European Commission aims to develop researchers’ research skills but also to offer them better career prospects. Mobility of researchers is a spearhead of the scheme. Funding should make it more attractive for researchers to come to Europe and stay in Europe.
Various target groups can be distinguished, depending on the type of Marie Sklodowska Curie Action:
- Starting researchers
- More experienced researchers
The 4 types of actions:
- Action 1: Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
European training networks for the training of early-stage researchers
- Action 2: Individual Fellowships (IF)
International mobility for more experienced researchers (more than four years of research experience)
- Action 3: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Inter-sectoral and international staff exchange programme
- Action 4: COFUND
Co-financing of regional, national and international scholarship programmes
- The budget for MSCA is €5.6 billion for the period 2013-2020.
- Funding for most MSC Actions consists of:
o an allowance for the researcher’s salary (subsistence allowance and mobility allowance)
o a budget for research and training costs
o reimbursement of management costs
- The total budget depends on the number of researchers to be hired.
Calls for proposals are published annually by the European Commission for the various types of Marie Curie funding. The rules on who can submit proposals and for which researchers the fellowship is suitable vary according to the funding.
To be eligible for one of the calls, the researcher and/or organization must submit an application via one of the open calls.
The deadlines differ per open call. These can be found here.