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 upcoming ITN calls are:
2019-ITN opens 13 September 2018 and closes 15 January 2019.
2020-ITN opens OPctober 12, 2019 and closes January 9, 2020.



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.



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. 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.

The current call 2018-IF is open with deadline 12 September 2018. 

The upcoming IF calls are:
2019-IF opens April 11, 2019 and closes September 11, 2019. 
2020-IF opens April 8, 2020 and closes September 9, 2020.

European Fellowships

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

The upcoming MSCA-RISE calls are:
2019-RISE opens December 4, 2018 and closes April 2, 2019. 
2020-RISE opens December 5, 2019 and closes April 7, 2020.


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 current 2018-COFUND call is open with deadline September 27, 2018. 
The upcoming COFUND calls are:
2019-COFUND opens April 4, 2019 and closes September 26, 2019.
2020-COFUND opens April 8, 2020 and closes September 29, 2020.