The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and intersectoral mobility. By funding excellent research and providing attractive working conditions, the MSCA offer high quality professional opportunities open to researchers of any age, nationality or discipline. The MSCA have a bottom-up approach, i.e. research fields are chosen freely by the applicants.

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.

 

Types of Individual Fellowships and Eligibility Conditions 

Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships (+ Widening Fellowships for some countries like Turkey).

Proposals for IF involve a single beneficiary located in a MS or AC. Applicants must indicate at submission stage in which of the eight scientific areas their research topic fits best:

• Chemistry (CHE)
• Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
• Economic Sciences (ECO)
• Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
• Environment and Geosciences (ENV)
• Life Sciences (LIF)
• Mathematics (MAT)
• Physics (PHY)

Proposals will be evaluated in the selected scientific area, in order to ensure an optimal allocation of experts. In Standard European Fellowships and Global Fellowships, the selection of the scientific area will also determine the list in which the proposal will be ranked. A table summarising the results and funding thresholds for the previous call can be consulted here.


Application Pre-conditions

Applicants must be experienced researcher and must comply with the mobility rule (please see below mobility rule of each panel).

Experienced Researcher (ER) must be, at the date of the call deadline, in possession of a doctoral degree or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

 

Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships:

A.European Fellowships:

1. Standard European Fellowships (EF-ST): 

  • The Standard European Fellowships are divided into eight scientific areas and provide financial support to individual researchers undertaking international mobility.
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located.Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international European interest organisations (IEIO) or international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account.
    Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays or participation to conferences).
  • After the call deadline, EF-ST proposals not complying with the EF-ST eligibility conditions will be automatically transferred to another Type of Action, providing they comply with the conditions of the other Type of Action. Proposals will not be transferred between scientific panels.

 

2.Career Restart Panel (EF-CAR):

  • The Career Restart Panel (CAR) is a multidisciplinary panel of the EF which provides financial support to individual researchers who wish to resume research in Europe after a career break (e.g. after parental leave, working outside research, etc.).
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international European interest organisations (IEIO) or international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account. Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays or participation to conferences).
  • The experienced researcher must have had a career break in research, i.e. they were not active in research for a continuous period of 12 months within the eighteen months immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals (i.e. between 12 March 2018 and 11 September 2019). ‘Active in research’ means being employed or holding a scholarship in research. Parental leaves and unpaid leaves of absence will not be counted as periods of active engagement in research, even if a formal employment relationship exists during these periods. Publication activities or mere association to a university (i.e. any other link to the university that is not considered as an employment contract or a fellowship agreement) are not taken into account either. (Example of 'mere association': the researcher is allowed to use the facilities of the university; he/she is sent to a conference by or on behalf of the university; or is enrolled in a bachelor's/master's or other non-research related degree at the university.)
  • After the call deadline, EF-CAR proposals not complying with the EF-CAR eligibility conditions will be automatically transferred to another Type of Action, providing they comply with the conditions another Type of Actionof the other Type of Action. CAR proposals with a duration of more than 24 months cannot be transferred. Proposals will not be transferred between scientific panels.

 

3.Reintegration Panel (EF-RI):

  • The Reintegration Panel is a multidisciplinary panel of the EF dedicated to researchers who wish to return and reintegrate in a longer term research position in Europe.
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher must be a national or long-term resident of a MS or AC. Researchers who are refugees in a MS or AC (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) may also apply, irrespective of whether they are long-term residents or not, if they fulfil the other eligibility conditions. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved directly from a TC to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international European interest organisations (IEIO) or international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account. Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside or did not have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays or participation to conferences).
  • After the call deadline, EF-RI proposals not complying with the RI eligibility conditions will be automatically transferred to another Type of Action, providing they comply with the conditions of the other Type of Action. Proposals will not be transferred between scientific panels.

 

4.Society & Enterprise Panel (EF-SE):

  • The Society & Enterprise Panel is a multidisciplinary panel of the EF dedicated to career opportunities for researchers seeking to work on research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector.
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account. Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside or did not have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays or participation to conferences).
  • The beneficiary must be an entity from the non-academic sector. (The Non-Academic Sector refers to entities not included in the academic sector and fulfilling the requirements of the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation Regulation) i.e. non-academic organisations, from industry to business (including SMEs), government, civil society organisations (NGOs, trusts, foundations, etc.), cultural institutions, museums, hospitals, and international organisations (e.g. the UN or WHO).
  • Organisations with an academic status confirmed by a Participant Identification Code (PIC) already validated by the EC Validation Services. Proposals will be transferred to an EF panel under which the academic status is permitted. Organisations with a non-validated status will go through a legal validation, which will only take place if the applicant is invited to start the Grant Agreement Preparation (GAP). If the non-academic status is confirmed by the EC Validation Services, the GAP will be finalised in the SE panel.
  • If the non-academic status of an EF-SE proposal is not confirmed by the validation services, the proposal will be transferred to an EF panel under which the academic status is permitted. This might imply that the invitation for the Grant Agreement Preparation is withdrawn, should the proposal consequently not meet the eligibility requirements for this panel or if the scoring cut-off to receive funding is not reached.
  • Applicants must apply to the SE panel only if they are certain about their non-academic status. 

 

B.Global Fellowships:

  • Global Fellowships are based on an outgoing phase during which the researcher undertakes mobility to a partner organisation in a TC for a period of between 12 and 24 months, followed by a mandatory 12-month return period to the beneficiary located in a MS or AC.
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or long-term sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher must be national or long-term resident of a MS or AC. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the partner organisation located in the TC. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the TC partner organisation where the outgoing phase takes place for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. For international organisations located in a TC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline at the same partner organisation. 
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account.
  • Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays or participation to conferences).
  • The beneficiary must be located in an MS or AC, and, the partner organisation for the outgoing phase must be located in a Third Country and is the entity where the outgoing phase takes place.
  • The partner organisation has to provide an up-to-date letter of commitment which should be included in Part B of the proposal, to confirm their real and active participation in the proposed action. Their precise role should also be clearly described in the proposal. If the letter of commitment of the partner organisation is not provided, the proposal will be considered incomplete and therefore will be declared inadmissible.
  • The mandatory return phase for the experienced researcher in the European host organisation (the beneficiary) is essential for the successful achievement of the objectives of this action. In case of non-fulfilment of this condition, the REA may ask the beneficiary to reimburse the total amount received for the benefit of the researcher under the Grant Agreement.
  • After the call deadline, GF proposals not complying with the GF eligibility conditions will be automatically transferred to another Type of Action, providing they comply with the conditions of the other Type of Action. Proposals will not be transferred between scientific panels.

 

C.Widening Fellowships:

The Widening Fellowships aim at providing support to researchers, regardless of their nationality, to undertake their fellowship in a Widening Country*, in order to help spread excellence and close the research and innovation gap within Europe. A budget (EUR 6 million) has been earmarked under the Work Programme "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" to fund proposals with a host organisation located in a Widening Country, submitted to the MSCA-IF-2019 call but which failed to receive funding under this call. Only European Fellowships can qualify for the Widening call (Global Fellowships are excluded).

Applicants can only be considered for this additional funding opportunity, by ticking "YES" to the question "Do you wish to participate to the Widening Fellowships and thus increase your chances of being funded?" in the application form. Applicants who do not reply, or tick "NO" to the above question, will not be considered for the WF call (but will be evaluated and ranked under the IF call, if eligible).

The normal award criteria, scoring and thresholds for MSCA-IF will apply. EF proposals from all scientific areas which cannot be funded under EF and can be funded under the WF budget will therefore be ranked in one single list according to the scores and evaluation procedure (including the prioritisation in case of ex aequo) of the MSCA-IF call. The MSCA-IF model Grant Agreement will apply to all Widening Fellowships15. The only implementation difference to MSCA-IF is that researchers supported by the Widening Fellowships will not formally be considered as MSCA fellows. Host organisations from Widening Countries will be informed simultaneously about the results of the evaluation for both MSCA-IF-2019 and the Widening Fellowships call, i.e. all applicants eligible for transfer to the WF call will receive a standard IF evaluation result letter and an attached WF evaluation result letter. There will be a single centralised evaluation review procedure for both IF and WF.

* Widening Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Widening Associated Countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

 

Optional Secondments

During the implementation of the action the experienced researcher may be seconded outside their host organisation to an organisation in a MS or AC. Secondments of the researcher to partner organisations are encouraged, but they should be relevant, feasible, and beneficial for the researcher and in line with the project objectives. Applicants should therefore consider carefully whether the research would be advanced by a secondment, and whether it should take place in the academic or non-academic sector. Any secondment must be mentioned in the Section "Call specific questions" of Part A and be clearly specified in Section 5 of Part B of the proposal and justified where relevant in the other sections of Part B. However, no letter of commitment is required. If the partner organisation where the secondment takes place is not identified at the proposal stage, it is essential that Part B of the proposal contains as much information as possible on the sector, place, timing and duration, and its overall purpose. The maximum duration of secondments is defined according to the total duration of the fellowship. If the fellowship lasts more than 18 monts, secondment can be max. 6 months; if the fellowship lasts less than 18 monts, secondment can be max. 3 months.

The secondment phase can be a single period or can be divided into shorter mobility periods. It can take place at one or more organisations, which can be located in the same country as the beneficiary. A secondment is allowed during any phase of the project to any entity located in a MS/AC. While secondments can take place within the same sector, inter-sectoral secondments are highly encouraged.

For Global Fellowships, such an optional secondment can also take place at the start of the action, at the beneficiary or any partner organisation in a MS or AC for a maximum of 3 months, before going to the GF partner organisation in the Third Country. This initial secondment will be considered as part of the outgoing phase and therefore the time effectively spent in the Third Country would be reduced accordingly.

The cumulative duration of the secondments should not exceed 6 months. The quality and degree of involvement of partner organisations and the impact of the secondments will be assessed by the expert evaluators according to the evaluation criteria. In all cases the secondment must be meaningful and appropriate to the type of fellowship and research field.

 

 

Duration of Fellowships

  • The duration of Standard, Society & Enterprise and Reintegration European Fellowships is between 12 and 24 months.
  • The duration of Career Restart European Fellowships is between 12 and 36 months.
  • The duration of Global Fellowships is between 24 and 36 months. For the Global Fellowships there is an outgoing phase between 12 and 24 months, and an additional mandatory 12 month return phase.

 

Financial Aspects

The financial support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF takes the form of a grant covering 100% of the action’s eligible costs. These are not related to the real costs of the action, but are calculated exclusively based on the fixed units set out in the Work Programme.

What types of monthly expenses are covered?
The European Union contribution and rates under this action are set out in Part 3 of the Work Programme 2018-2020 and cover:
• Living, mobility and family allowances for the researcher
• Research, training and networking costs
• Management and indirect costs

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Information

  • 2019 call for Individual Fellowships will close on 11 September 2019 by European Commission. Please click for European Commission page of 2019 Call.
  • Please click here to download 2019 MSCA-IF Guide for Applicants.
  • You can find many institutions’s posts willing to host prospective MSCA-IF postdoctoral candidates as long as funding is obtained from the European Commission through the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS Call for Applications 2019 (under partner search title).
  • Please click (will be updated soon) to reach "How to submit your MSCA-IF 2019 Proposal?" document prepared by Marie S. Curie National Contact Point for Turkey.
  • If you are willing to visit one of the research performing organizations (academic or non-academic) in Turkish Research Area, you can make use of MSCA Individual Fellowships. Please check EURAXESS Jobs Portal available positions and EURAXESS Turkey Portal to get practical information concerning professional and daily life, as well as information on research jobs and funding opportunities in TURKEY.
  • If you are applying to MSCA-IF call with an institution from Turkish Research Area, do not forget to apply Marie Curie Pre-evaluation support of TÜBİTAK. MSCA IF Pre-Evaluation Support is for the researchers who have made their project proposals ready to present to the European Commission. Researchers who will apply to MSCA IF Fellowship and undertake in their project proposal to perform 1 year of their project in Turkey can benefit from the support. Please click for further information.