Researchers Mobility

H2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of approximately 79 billion euro, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation will:

  • Strengthen the EU’s position in science, providing a boost to top-level research in Europe;
  • Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation;
  • Address major concerns shared by all Europeans.

Under Horizon 2020, the Marie Curie Actions will continue as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). They come under the "Excellent Science" pillar and will award 6,162 million euro over the period 2014-2020.

The objective of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is to provide excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers to better prepare them to face current and future societal challenges.

MSCA key features:

  • Open to all domains of research and innovation from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services
  • Entirely bottom-up
  • Participation of non-academic sector strongly encouraged, especially industry and SMEs
  • Mobility as the key requirement - funding on condition participants move from one country to another
  • Particular attention to gender balance
  • Public engagement of supported researchers


Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organisation in the academic or non-academic sectors.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (European Fellowships) or outside Europe (Global Fellowships).

The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here (Reintegration Panel). It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience (Career Restart Panel).

Main features:

  • Budget: € 240.50 Million in 2014 (Global Fellowships: 29 Mio)
  • Duration of projects: 2 years (IF Global: 3 years)
  • Support to experienced researchers of any nationality (IF Global and IF Reintegration: nationals of EU MS/AC and long-term residents)
  • Focus on career development, not necessarily experience
  • Additional 3 or 6 month secondment option, within Europe and in another sector
  • Separate multidisciplinary panels for CAR and Reintegration
  • Same award sub-criteria for all proposals
  • The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution

Submission deadline:

11 September 2014 (opening call: 12 March 2014)

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