Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions to fund more than 10 500 researchers in 2020

Submitted by Alina Danieles… on 07 July 2019

On July 2, 2019, the Commission announced the budget plan for the final year of the programme Horizon 2020, which has also the biggest annual tranche - €11 billion - allocated. Under this programme, the annual Work Programme of the European Research Council for 2020, adopted on July 2nd, will enable support for excellent researchers with over €2.2 billion.  EUR 1.046 billion, i.e. almost 10% of the overall budget for 2020 of the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, are allocated to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), which fund fellowships for researchers at all stages of their careers. This represents the biggest annual budget MSCA ever had to fund international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training and mobility and will be directed to fund almost 2 000 projects involving more than 10 500 researchers:

  • more than 150 doctoral networks involving over 2 000 PhD candidates through Innovative Training Networks (ITN);
  • more than 1 600 postdoctoral fellowships through Individual Fellowship (IF);
  • approximately 80 international collaborative projects enabling more than 7 000 staff exchanges via Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE);
  • roughly 20 doctoral and 20 fellowship programmes at regional and national level supporting around 500 PhD candidates and 750 postdocs via the COFUND scheme;
  • almost 400 events to promote science and reach out to 2 million citizens across Europe within the European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT).

The next and last calls for MSCA funding under Horizon 2020 will open on:

MSCA Action Call opening date Budget
ITN 12 September 2019 EUR 530.13 million
IF 8 April 2020 EUR 328 million
RISE 5 December 2019 EUR 80 million
COFUND 8 April 2020 EUR 100 million
NIGHT 8 October 2019 EUR 8 million

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