MSCA Grant Types

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) supports all stages of researchers’ careers. MSCA focuses on training of researchers with advanced skills acquisition and career development with focus on international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility as well as transfer of knowledge. The topic and field of research is chosen freely by the researcher in a bottom-up manner.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

ITN: Innovative Training Network

Applicants: Principal Investigators who are willing to Coordinate or participate as a part of a Consortium. The funding is applied by Principal Investigators who look for funding to host and train  Early Stage Researchers (“ESR”,  with less than four years full-time research experience, e.g. PhD-students). ITN funding contributes to salary of the ESR, training and management/overhead costs to train an ESR during 36 months and is linked to the ESR. The consortium is a training school that funds maximum 15 ESRs.  

The ITN Call for 2019 is open and will close on January 15, 2019.
Upcoming ITN Calls:

ITN-2020 will open 2019-10-12 and closes 2020-01-09.

MSCA-ITN information and instructions at KI

There are three subtypes of ITN:

  1. ETN: European Training Network (training of early stage researchers, optional PhD-enrolment)
  2. EJD: European Joint Doctorate (training of early stage researchers, mandatory PhD-enrolment and delivery of PhD-degree within project period)
  3. EID: European Industrial Doctorate (training of early stage researchers, at least 50% time spent in industry)

For the ITN subtype European Joint Doctorate (EJD),  a Letter of Commitment is needed from KI, for which the Board of Doctoral Education has issued internal requirements. See also the MSCA-ITN information and instructions at KI.

IF: Individual Fellowships

Applicants: Fellows and Principal Investigators who are willing to host an Experienced Researcher (the “ER”/fellow). The ER must hold a PhD degree or minimum four years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of the deadline, mid-September every year. The funding covers salary for the fellow for two years (European Fellowships) and three years (Global Fellowships), a small amount for research and a small amount for overhead.

KI Application Guidelines to Individual Fellowships

Upcoming MSCA-IF Calls:
2019-IF opens 2019-04-11 and closes 2019-09-11. 
2020-IF opens 2020-04-08 and closes 2020-09-09 (indicative).

European Fellowships: Four subtypes

  1. Standard European Fellowship (EF-ST): Incoming two-year fellowship for all nationalities.

  2. Career Restart (EF-CAR): Incoming two or three year fellowship for all nationalities. For fellows who have had a career break and want to re-start a career in science.

  3. Reintegration (EF-RI): Two-year Re-integration fellowship for European nationals or European Long-term residents who have been away from Europe, who want to return to Europe.

  4. Society & Enterprise (EF-SE): Two-year fellowship for innovation projects with a host organisation from a non-academic sector.

Global Fellowship:

1-2 years Outgoing phase to an organization in a Third Country (country that is not EU member state or Associated country), with a mandatory 1-year return phase to a host organization in a country within the EU member states or Associated Country. The fellow must be an EU national or long-term resident of an EU member state or Associated Country.

RISE: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

RISE funds added costs during staff exchange. The funding does not cover salaries for the staff. Staff can be Early-stage researchers (ESR); Experienced researchers (ER); Administrative (ADM), managerial (MNG) and technical staff (TECH) supporting the research and innovation activities of the project. The staff must already be employed at the organisation. 

Applicants: Principal Investigators within a consortium or network.
Upcoming MSCA-RISE calls:
2019-RISE opens 2018-12-04 and closes 2019-04-02. 
2020-RISE opens 2019-12-05 and closes 2020-04-07.

COFUND: Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes

The MSCA-COFUND programs supports regional, national and international programmes that are already funded. In other words, the MSCA-COFUND is used as a top-up funding for these programmes.

Applicants: Organisations/Principal Investigators with a consortium that have a funded PhD or Postdoc Program searching for top-up.
       The upcoming MSCA-COFUND calls are:
2019-COFUND opens 2019-04-04 and closes 2019-09-26.
2020-COFUND opens 2020-04-08 and closes 2020-09-29.