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Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

The Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme will promote international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchange and sharing of knowledge. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) aims at strengthening cooperation between institutions from academia and the non-academic sector as well as between Europe and third countries. The exchange of Know-How promotes the development of science and innovation and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes.

Support is provided for the development of partnerships in the form of joint research and innovation activities between the participants. Participants in RISE shall be established in at least three different countries of which at least two must be EU Member States and/or associated countries. If all participants are from the same sector (either only academic or only non-academic), at least one participant must be from a third country.

In RISE, Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER), administrative, managerial and technical staff supporting the research and innovation activities of the project, can be seconded. To be eligible for secondments in RISE, the staff of the participating institutions shall be actively engaged in or linked to research activities at the sending institution for at least one month prior to the first period of secondment. Secondments may last from one to twelve months and can be split into several stays, if required. During this time, the exchanged staff is engaged at and payed by the sending institution. After the secondment, the exchanged staff shall be reintegrated into the sending institution, thus maximising the impact of this action for knowledge sharing and long-term collaborations between the partner institutions.

Exchanges with institutions from EU Member States or associated countries have to be intersectoral. Exchanges with institutions from third countries can be intersectoral secondments as well as secondments within the same sector. No secondments between institutions located in third countries or within the same EU Member State or associated country can be supported. The general Marie Skłodowska-Curie mobility rule does not apply to the secondments in RISE.

The European Commission finances a top-up allowance for the seconded staff, networking and management costs as well as indirect costs of institutions.

Information in brief

Type of action: international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges

Who is qualified:

  • International stream: at least one institution outside Europe and two institutions from different Member States and/or associated countries.
  • Inter-sector stream: at least one participant from each of the two sectors and from at least two different Member States and/or associated countries

Activities: either intersectoral or international exchange of Early-stage and Experienced Researchers including administrative, managerial and technical staff, or a combination of both

Duration: maximum 540 person-months for maximum four years; duration of secondment phase per person: 1-12 months

Topic of the project: open for all fields of research

What will be funded:

  • Exchanged staff: Top-up allowance (unit cost of EUR 2,100 person/month)
  • Applying organisations: supplementary allowance for research, training and networking activities, conferences, coordination and management costs, lump sum for indirect costs

Application: one-step online with specific deadlines