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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 2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are:

  • Doctoral Networks (previously 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.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships (previously 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.
  • Staff Exchange (previously 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 MSCA and citizens (previously 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 Postdoctoral fellowships: 15 September 2021

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