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 current ITN-2018 call is open with deadline 17 January 2018, 17:00 Brussels time.

The next ITN call, ITN-2019 opens 13 September 2018 with deadline 15 January 2019.



For MSCA ITN EJD (European Joint Doctorate) see KI instructions below: 



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. 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 2017 IF call is open with deadline 14 September 2017. The next IF call opens in late spring 2018.

European Fellowships
  • Standard European Fellowship (EF-ST): Incoming two-year fellowship for all nationalities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Society & Enterprise (EF-SE): Two-year fellowship for innovation projects with a host  organisation from the non-academic sector.
Global Fellowship: 1-1 year 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 state or associated country. The fellow must be an EU national or long-term resident of an EU member state or associated country.

H2020 Programme - Guide for applicants

Application Guidelines for IF 2017

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 next RISE call opens winter 2017.

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 MSCA-COFUND call is open for 2017 with deadline 28 September 2017.