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European Funding MH - Marie Curie Actions

This page provides information to researchers at The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences about European research funding opportunities.

Looking for something else? Visit our topic page about Research Funding at MH or Horizon 2020. For any questions about EU, can contact our EU advisors Boukje Ehlen and Emma Walton.  

Introduction to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) #

MSCA aims to encourage collaboration with industry and also finances industrial doctorates and joint doctorates. The MSCA also funds international exchanges for researchers to enable them to strengthen their skills in other academic institutions or enterprises.

MSCA funding is organised into four categories:

  • Individual Fellowships – funding for postdocs and researchers with four or more years of experience
  • Innovative Training Networks – support to train young researchers, notably PhD candidates
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange – short-term exchanges for research staff of all levels of experience
  • Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes -  support to expand existing PhD or post-doctoral training programs

For information on all the latest calls, check out the Participant Portal

Individual Fellowships (IFs) #

What are IFs?

If you have more than four years of research experience or a PhD then you can apply for an IF, which are divided into two categories:

European Fellowships are aimed at researchers based in Europe who wish to do their postdoc in another European country or overseas postdocs wishing to come to Europe.

Global Fellowships are aimed at researchers based in Europe who want to do their postdoc outside Europe. Global fellows have to return to Europe to work for at least 1 year following their overseas experience.

Essential Information

European fellowships last 1-2 years and global fellowships last 2-3 years. In both cases a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe may be included to boost the impact of the fellowship. Funding covers the cost of your salary as well as travel and family costs, if applicable. Applications must be made jointly with your prospective host institution. Applicants who have taken one year or more away from research for parental leave are also encouraged to apply.

The latest call for IFs will open in the Spring of 2017 and will close on 14th September 2017 at 5pm CET.

Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) #

What are ITNs?

If you have less than 4 years of research experience or wish to pursue a PhD then you are eligible for funding from an ITN. Training is based on individual research projects with an emphasis on exposure to the non-academic sector and transferable skills (e.g. entrepreneurship and communication). ITNs are divided into three categories:

European Training Networks (ETN) involve joint research training implemented by three partners located in or outside academia, each of which is located in a different EU or associated country. Additional participants from anywhere else in the world can also join a network.

European Industrial Doctorates (EID) involve joint doctoral training implemented by at least one academic partner entitled to award doctoral degrees and one industrial partner, which are located in different EU or associated countries. Each participating researcher is enrolled in a doctoral programme and is jointly supervised. They must spend at least 50% of their time in industry.

European Joint Doctorates (EJD) involve joint doctoral training implemented by at least three academic institutions located in different EU or associated countries. Additional participants from anywhere else in the world, including those from the non-academic sector, can also participate.

Essential Information

Although ITNs are aimed at early career researchers, in each case, the host institutions apply for funding. Individuals can then apply for specific positions, which are advertised on EURAXESS. Trainee researchers will receive a 3-year employment contract from their host institution with full social benefits and a family and travel allowance if applicable. The funding also covers some research costs and management and overhead costs.

For information on the latest calls and deadlines for the ITN, go to the Participant Portal. The next call is expected in January 2018.

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) #

What is RISE?

RISE funds short-term exchanges for staff to gain experience in another environment (academic, private sector) or country. RISE aims to stimulate interaction between academia and industry in Europe and worldwide.

Proposals are made by at least three partners (e.g. universities, research institutions and non-academic organisations). Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to participate. Each partner must be located in a different EU or associated country. Proposals must involve organisations from different sectors, except for worldwide partnerships, in which exchanges within the same sector are possible.

Essential Information

Research staff (including managerial and technical staff) of any nationality or career level can apply if they have been engaged in or linked to research activities for at least 6 months before the secondment. Funding is available for a secondment period of one month to one year. After this period, the researcher returns to the sending organisation to pass on their knowledge.

For information on the latest calls and deadlines for RISE, go to the Participant Portal. The next call is expected in April 2018.

Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND) #

What is COFUND?

COFUND is aimed at organisations that provide doctoral or post-doctoral research programmes. COFUND offers funding for new or existing regional, national or international programmes to expand these programmes to new countries or sectors. Mobility across borders is required and cross-sector mobility is actively encouraged.

Essential Information

Each COFUND proposal should have a sole participant, which may be a government ministry, regional authority, funding agency, university, research organisation, research academy or enterprise.

Selected programmes will receive funding for three to five years to support doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with their training and career development. Experienced researchers apply directly to the funding organisation whereas doctoral researchers apply via EURAXESS.

For information on the latest calls and deadlines for CoFUND, go to the Participant Portal.

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