Horizon Europe (2021-2027): Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (expected call openings: May 18, 2021)
In February the European Commission announced the official launch of Horizon Europe, the new EU Research and Innovation program that runs from 2021 – 2027.
The „Excellent Science“ pillar bundles the bottom-up funding programm within Horizon Europe, among those the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the European mobility measures since 1997. MSCA is the European Union’s flagship program to support scientific excellence and cooperation across countries, sectors and research fields. The MSCA is the reference program for doctoral and postdoctoral training, contributing to:
- highly skilled research-based human capital able to detect and tackle upcoming challenges, communicate scientific evidence to policymakers and the public, and work across disciplines
- researchers provided with skills needed in the labour market, to innovate and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit
- the development of excellent doctoral programs enhancing the global attractiveness and visibility of institutions involved in them
- promotion of the EU’s global attractiveness for talent
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions comprise five funding schemes:
- Doctoral Networks (structured doctoral training)
- Staff Exchanges
- Postdoctoral Fellowships (individual research project)
- COFUND (co-funding of postdoctoral and doctoral programs)
- MSCA & Citizens (public outreach event)
The European Commission is introducing age limits to reduce the numbers of applications and offering new incentives for involving industry. All of this will affect the application process and who will benefit from the grants. Still crucial for all MSCA is the mobility rule: The fellow must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months immediately before their recruitment date.
The official MSCA Work Program and the first calls are expected on May 18, 2021.
Contact at Göttingen University:
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21320