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

With the programme COFUND, the European Commission supports existing or new regional, national and international programmes that aim at strengthening the training, mobility and career development of postdocs and doctoral students. Participants for this scheme are legal entities established in an EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country.

The funding scheme is open for applicants managing fellowship programmes for experienced researchers as well as doctoral programmes for early-stage researchers. A combination of both programme types cannot be funded. The evaluation of both programme types is conducted in two separate panels.

Researchers funded under COFUND have to comply with the general mobility rule of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) at the time of their recruitment. Existing programmes can deviate from this rule, if properly justified in the proposal by the applicant. If a programme has already been funded under COFUND before, the participants will have to explain in the proposal how the latest proposal relates to and goes beyond the earlier project.

Selected programmes will have a duration between 36 and 60 months (including the recruitment phase).

The co-funding rate for programmes is a fixed amount for every requested person month: EUR 1,935 for doctoral students, EUR 2,740 for postdocs. Additionally, 325 EUR per person month are granted for the management of the programme. Other costs such as research costs, travel and mobility allowances and indirect costs will have to be funded through other resources including EU programmes, except for Horizon 2020; such funds may be Structural Funds. The maximum EU contribution per applicant entity is EUR 10 million per call.

It should be specified in the proposal which amounts will be made available in total for the fellows or doctoral students. The work contracts and working conditions will be evaluated in the review process. The researchers shall be employed by the host institution via a work contract in full-time positions.