The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under Horizon Europe have the objective of attracting and supporting the best researchers in Europe through support to their mobility and employment in companies and knowledge institutions, relying on international and inter-sectoral exposure and partnerships. Since their launch, they have become the Union´s reference programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.
Companies and individuals can apply for funding under MSCA within all themes and industries. The programme focuses on participation from companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and supports all aspects of a researcher’s career during periods of mobility and training.
The programme consists of a number of individual actions, including:
- Staff Exchanges: Support for knowledge-sharing and collaboration through staff exchanges between interdisciplinary sectors.
- Doctoral Networks: International research training programmes with participation from both universities and businesses including SMEs and large companies. The programme targets a maximum of 10 PhD students /consortium (except industrial or joint doctorates)
- Postdoctoral Fellowships: support for transnational recruitment of experienced researchers.
- COFUND: promotion of the participation regional, national, and international programmes and new institutions.
Commercial opportunities: The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions provide an opportunity for companies to co-finance whole or parts of their development projects, in particular where these can be implemented through human resources, e.g., through secondments (in- or outgoing), researcher training, or recruitment. In addition, the programme allows companies to grow their knowledge base through strategic international partnerships, researcher mobility, and access to unique expertise and facilities. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions fund 100 percent of project costs.
Type of activities: R&D, staff exchange, research training
Requirements: Usually, MSCA requires an element of transnational co-operation across European borders, e.g., between a company and a university or a researcher. Requirements for participation vary between different MSCA sub-programmes. Restrictions on project resubmissions will be imposed – a threshold of 80/100 is required to resubmit a project.