The "Excellent Science" pillar bundles the bottom-up funding programmes within Horizon Europe. These include the European Research Council (ERC) programme lines and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Also located there is the funding of Research Infrastructures.
European Research Council (ERC)
The European Research Council (ERC) funds innovative frontier research in Europe in five competitive programme lines. Outstanding researchers should be given the opportunity to carry out highly innovative and risky projects, in the positive sense of the word. Scientific excellence of both the project and the Principal Investigator (PI) is the sole selection criterion.
KoWi Service ERC
KoWi is part of the ERC National Contact Point. We work together with colleagues from the EU Office of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to advise and support researchers at German host institutions in submitting their applications and preparing for the selection interviews.
Detailed information on the ERC funding lines and the services offered by the NCP ERC can be found on the joint NCP ERC website: www.nks-erc.de
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions have existed as European mobility measures since 1997. Their aim is to provide a qualitative and quantitative boost by supporting researchers engaged in research and innovation in Europe, i.e. to promote individual career development that helps them become innovative researchers. Mobility plays a central role in this: international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral academic research / projects are promoted, which broadens and deepens individual research competences. This also leads to institutional structuring effects.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions have a budget of EUR 6,6 billion throughout the entire duration of Horizon Europe (2021-2027). The funding lines are open to all research areas and support projects from basic research to market development. A distinction is made between a total of five specific funding lines:
KoWi Service MSCA
KoWi advises you as a researcher or as an EU officer and administrator of a German institution on all funding lines of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, from application to implementation (project management). In addition to counselling, we also support you with information events at universities and research institutions as well as Webinars and other virtual information and counselling services.
In the run-up to your application, we offer you a free consultation service in which we read through your applications. To ensure an optimal consultation process, please send us the complete application documents at least three weeks prior to the submission deadline so that we can provide you with feedback in good time. After this date, we may no longer be able to guarantee detailed feedback, depending on the number of submissions.
Please note that KoWi and the NCP MSCA inform each other on submitted proposals, as we do not have the capacities to both provide feedback on your MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Networks proposals. No personal data will be exchanged in this process.
Research Infrastructures (RI)
The further development of the European research infrastructure landscape is a central aspect of the Research Infrastructures part of the programme. This includes preparations for building new research infrastructures of pan-European interest, in particular through the roadmap process led by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
It also includes promoting access to research infrastructures and their services according to a more interdisciplinary approach. In addition, the programme component supports the further development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
Horizon Europe is increasingly focused on the stronger linkage of support measures to societal challenges and Commission priorities, such as health, green and digital transformation, and improved crisis resilience.
For the calls and funding instruments of the Research Infrastructures part of the programme, a budget of around EUR 2.4 billion is available in Horizon Europe, which is around 3% of the total budget.
KoWi Service RI
KoWi advises you as a researcher or as an EU officer and administrator of a German institution on all funding areas within the Research Infrastructures part, from application to implementation (project management). In addition to counselling, we also support you with information events at universities and research institutions as well as Webinars and other virtual information and counselling services.