Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund mobility, training and career development in academia, industry and other non-academic sectors. The calls are open to all research areas, apart from nuclear energy research. The funding schemes are:

  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN) which aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researchers through initial and doctoral training of early-stage researchers. Projects typically involve a partnership of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs and other socio-economic organisations from across Europe and abroad. There are three types of ITN: the European Training Networks (ETN), the European Industrial Doctorates (EID) and the European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

  • Individual Fellowships (IF) fund an experienced researcher on a research fellowship aimed at diversifying their skills through advanced training and international and/or intersectoral mobility. The scheme also funds researchers who wish to re-start their careers after a break away from research as well as supporting the re-integration of researchers outside of Europe who have previously worked in Europe.

  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). This scheme aims to promote international and inter-sectoral collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges that will enable knowledge sharing and advance science and development of innovation. Projects will fund staff exchanges between Europe and other non-European counties (known as ‘third countries’) and/or inter-sectoral exchanges between academic and non-academic partners. Staff exchanges can include various types of staff such as early-stage researchers, experienced researchers, administrative, managerial and technical staff.

  • Cofunding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND). The COFUND scheme co-funds new or existing multi-annual doctoral or fellowship programmes which are run at regional, national and international level. It supports researcher training, mobility and career development which is international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary.

  • Researchers’ Night (NIGHT) funds public/media events held on the last Friday of September. The events should promote the public awareness of research and innovation activities and of individual researchers with the aims of encouraging young people to take up scientific careers.