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    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

    Career funding for mobile researchers

    This programme aims to support researchers at different stages of their career. MSCA are open to all domains of research and innovation, from basic research to market take-up and innovation services.

    There are 5 funding schemes: 

    • Individual Fellowships (IF)
    • Innovation Training Networks (ITN)
    • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Scheme (RISE)
    • Cofunding of existing or new PhD and postdoc fellowship programmes (COFUND)
    • Researcher’s Night (NIGHT).

    Mobility is a key requirement for the different actions. There are calls for proposals open to individual researchers and innovation staff, as well as to universities, research institutions, businesses (SMEs and large industry) and other socio-economic players from all countries. MSCA are open to men and women alike, without regard to the physical age of the applicant.


    The exact rules and eligibility criteria for each call are outlined in the respective documents to be found on the Research Participant Portal of the European Commission. For a brief introduction on individual funding schemes refer to our Infosheets under 'Related Links' on the right.

    As mobility is a key element in all MSCA, researchers only receive funding if they move from one country to another. The assigned budget and success rates vary from call to call. In general, funding for the individual researcher depends on the researcher’s experience: For example, in 2013 an early stage researcher (less than 4 years' research experience and without PhD) received a living allowance of up to €38 000/year; an experienced researcher (more than 4 years' research experience or with PhD) up to €58 500/year. These amounts vary according to the country correction coefficients and are combined with various other allowances (for example family allowance).


    Key Information

    Swiss eligibility:               Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 
    Horizon 2020 Funding:   Participant Portal
    Call descriptions, rules:   Work Programme (2016-2017)

    Scientific Disciplines

    All disciplines (bottom-up) 

    Industrial Sectors

    All sectors (bottom-up)

    Main Target Audience

    For ITN, RISE, COFUND, and NIGHT targets are:

    • Universities / UAS
    • Research institutes
    • Industry / SMEs
    • European and international organisations (e.g. CERN)
    • Other socio-economic players (e.g., WHO)

    For IF targets are:

    • Individual researchers

    Your Contact

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    Sibylla Martinelli

    National Contact Point (NCP):
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Effingerstrasse 19
    3008 Bern
    Tel.:+41 31 380 60 11

    Open Calls

    Open Calls

    The Work Programme 2018-2020 is expected to be published at the end of the year. For preliminary information on the upcoming calls please contact us.

    Upcoming Events

    Date City Vacancies Registration
    17 OCT
    Organiser: Euresearch Basel
    19 OCT
    Organiser: Euresearch St. Gallen
    24 OCT
    Organiser: Euresearch Head Office / S. Martinelli / Euresearch Head Office / I. Spühler