Excellence Science

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 2018-2020


Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

Innovative Training Networks (ITN) offer financial support for structured doctoral training for four years. Three implementation modi of ITN in Horizon 2020 are possible:

European Training Networks (ETN), which have to consist of at least three institutions in different MS or AC and should also build a consortium of academic and non-academic partners for the training of early-stage researchers.

European Industrial Doctorates (EID), which have to consist of at least two institutions in different MS or AC and different sectors (academic and non-academic).

European Joint Doctorates (EJD), which have to consist of three legal entities situated in different MS or AC, all of which have to be able to award a doctoral degree.

A new aspect for ITN is, that at least two-thirds of the supported early-stage researchers within an EJD must be enrolled in a joint, double or multiple degree within Europe.

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

RISE supports international and cross-sectoral collaboration through the exchange of scientific, technical or management staff on the basis of a joint research and/or innovation project of at least three legal entities from different MS/AC and/or different sectors including third countries.

A new aspect for RISE is, that from now on one month of full-time activity in research at the sending institution is sufficient for staff members to be eligible for a secondment.

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)

COFUND provides co-financing funds for new or existing regional, national or international postdoc or doctoral programmes. Such programmes fund transnational and cross-sector mobility of researchers and offer interdisciplinary training.

One new aspect for COFUND is, that trainings on Open Science should be offered in the scope of the programmes.

Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)

Researchers’ Night is an event dedicated to public science and outreach activities. It aims to bridge the gap between research and society by highlighting the work of scientists and its impact on people’s daily lives. Participants can be any legal entity in the Member States and Associated Countries.

A new aspect here is, that the duration of the main event can now be up to two full days with optional pre-events earlier in the respective year.