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The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) programme provides grants to researchers at different stages of their career – from PhD students to postdocs – and encourages transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA programme enables research-focused organisations (both public and private) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.

The MSCA programme aims to equip researchers with the necessary skills and international experience for a successful career, either in the public or the private sector. The MSCA programme is open to all areas of research and innovation, from fundamental research to market take-up and innovation services. Research and innovation fields are chosen freely by the applicants (individuals and/or organisations) in a fully ‘bottom-up’ approach.

The 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are:

  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN): Innovative doctoral-level training providing a range of skills in order to maximise employability; enable early-stage researchers to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.
  • Individual Fellowships (IF): Support for experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries, and also to the non-academic sector). Luxinnovation has launched a particular support action to help companies and public research attract experts in fields where they are most needed. Click here to learn more about our support initiative. Click here to see profiles from Luxembourgish hosts currently looking for postdoctoral researchers.
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE): International and intersectoral collaboration through the exchange of research and innovation staff, involving organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors based in Europe and outside Europe.
  • Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND): Co-financing high-quality fellowship or doctoral programmes with transnational mobility.
  • The Coordination and Support action European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT) funded under the MSCA is a Europe-wide public event to enhance researchers’ public recognition, and to stimulate interest in research careers, especially among young people.

How to apply

Our support services – National Contact Point Luxembourg

  • Find candidates for MSCA IF
  • Train candidates in grant writing
  • Proposal review
  • Partner searches (RISE, ITN)

Deadlines (yearly)

  • MSCA IF (Postdoctoral fellowships): 9th September 2020
  • MSCA ITN/Doctorates (Horizon Europe; tentative Q2 2021)
  • MSCA COFUND: 29th September 2020
  • MSCA RISE: 28th April 2020

Eligibility

MSCA IF

  • Individual: applicant applies together with the host institute
  • PhD diploma by the deadline or Masters plus 4 years of full time equivalent research experience
  • Not working or living in Luxembourg for longer than 12 months before the call deadline
  • For conditions please refer here or contact your NCP (Luxinnovation)

MSCA RISE

  • Consortium-based; for mobility of existing staff; host institutes apply
  • For conditions please refer here or contact your NCP (Luxinnovation)

MSCA COFUND

  • Single beneficiary; usually national funding agency, foundation, public research organisation…
  • For rules see here or contact your NCP (Luxinnovation)

MSCA ITN

  • Consortium-based; host institutes apply
  • Different models: EID, ETN, EJD
  • For conditions please refer  here or contact your NCP (Luxinnovation)

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