European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

Financial Management of MSCA

The financial management of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions differs considerably from collaborative research projects of the Framework Programme. In the MSCA, unit costs organised in several cost categories are used instead of funding rates.

The different cost categories cover the salary of the fellows as well as their research and training costs and costs related to project implementation.

The amounts of the unit costs are subject to annual changes stated in the Work Programme for the respective year. During the whole project duration only those unit costs laid down in the Work Programme relevant at the moment of proposal submission are valid. Adjusting the unit costs to the amounts determined in later Work Programmes is therefore not allowed.

To the MSCA projects Horizon 2020 the following cost categories apply:

  • Living allowance: the amount is based on the research experience of the fellow, and a country-specific correction coefficient has to be taken into consideration. The respective amount of the living allowance and the correction coefficient are both fixed in the Work Programme.
  • The mobility allowance is paid in order to cover the expenses related to the mobility of the fellow.
  • The payment of the family allowance is subject to the family status of the fellow.
  • The monthly allowances for the research, training and networking costs of the fellow, e.g. workshop or conference fees, or costs for the organisation of seminars or meetings (ITN, RISE) are subject to the chosen MSCA action (network/individual action).
  • Management and overhead costs are covered through unit costs for the number of implemented fellow-months.