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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 2018-2020


On 27 October 2017, the European Commission has published the new Work Programme for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under Horizon 2020. It covers the budget as well as calls for proposals for all funding schemes under 2018-2020.

The new Work Programme focusses on the career development of researchers and includes the following modifications with regard to all funding schemes: now experienced researchers are allowed to work part-time, in order to work on other research projects, to set up a company or for individual advanced studies. In addition, researchers can henceforth be active in teaching, whether as tutors or in student support, provided that this takes place in an appropriate manner. Furthermore, the European Commission offers an online "Introductory Training" for further training and has introduced a "MSCA Special Needs Allowance" for researchers with disabilities, which can be requested retroactively for all ongoing projects. Moreover the Living Allowance was increased and the country correction factors were adjusted.

Proposals under all MSCA must be submitted on the specific deadline date via the Electronic Submission System of the European Commission. In order to use the system, you must register with ECAS via the Participant Portal first.

The Work Programme 2018-2020 includes the following funding schemes:

Individual Fellowships (IF)

European Fellowships (EF) for a research stay in an EU Member State or Horizon 2020 Associated Country (MS or AC) of 12 to 24 months.

Global Fellowships (GF) for a research stay in a Third Country of 12 to 24 months plus an obligatory return phase of 12 months to an MS or AC.

Additionally new for IF are Widening Fellowships, which will be implemented through the Work Programme Part 15 (Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation) in order to decrease discrepancies between European countries in their ability to attract excellent researchers. Additionally the eligibility for applicants to the Career Restart Panel has been changed. Now researchers must not have been active in research during a continuous period of 12 months within the 18 months prior to the deadline for submission.