Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Supporting excellence in research and innovation

  • Program Type
  • Funding Award
    72.5 EUR million
  • Submission Deadline
    March 9, 2022
  • Industry Focus

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund excellent research and innovation and equip researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge and skills, through mobility across borders and exposure to different sectors and disciplines. The MSCA help build Europe’s capacity for research and innovation by investing in the long-term careers of excellent researchers.

The MSCA also fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programmes and collaborative research projects worldwide. By doing so, they achieve a structuring impact on higher education institutions, research centres and non-academic organisations.

The MSCA promote excellence and set standards for high-quality researcher education and training in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) in a nutshell

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About the program

The principles underlying the programme are

The MSCA support excellent researchers. They also foster excellence in research and innovation collaborations, knowledge transfer, methodologies and content, as well as in training, supervision and career guidance.

The MSCA support the mobility of researchers between countries, sectors and disciplines to acquire new knowledge, skills and competences.

    Bottom-up and open to the world
The MSCA are open to all domains of research and innovation and encourage international cooperation to set-up strategic collaborations.

    Excellent recruitment, working conditions and inclusiveness
The MSCA promote the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers for the recruitment, working and employment conditions of researchers.

    Effective supervision and career guidance
The MSCA promote effective supervision and adequate mentoring and career guidance. This contributes to creating a supportive environment for the researchers to work. The Guidelines for MSCA Supervision provide recommendations in this regard.

    Open science and responsible research and innovation
The MSCA support Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation.

    European Green Deal
The MSCA support bottom-up and frontier/applied research supporting the European Green Deal and tackling climate and environmental-related challenges. The MSCA Green Charter provides recommendations in this regard.

The MSCA promote strong links with the Cohesion policy funds and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

MSCA under Horizon Europe

Following feedback from various stakeholders, there are a number of changes to the MSCA under Horizon Europe (2021-2027), compared to the previous programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). The budget for the MSCA under Horizon Europe is €6.6 billion.

    Some of the main changes include
  • streamlined actions
  • harmonizes rules
  • stronger emphasis on supervision
  • greener MSCA

    Types of MSCA funding

    There are 5 types of MSCA targeting different objectives:

      Doctoral Networks (DN)
    Supporting programmes to train doctoral candidates in academic and non-academic organisations.

      Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF)
    Supporting career perspectives and excellence of postdoctoral researchers.

      Staff Exchanges (SE)
    Encouraging collaborations between organisations through staff exchanges.

    Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes.

      MSCA and Citizens
    Bringing research and researchers closer to the public at large.

    Future Phases

    Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.