We’ve mentioned before that Horizon 2020 is full of confusing acronyms. So many that we decided to open a dedicated page to explain everything. We will release a series of articles dedicated to explaining everything surrounding Innovative Training Networks (ITN) over the coming weeks. Before we get started with that specific topic, we decided to take another step back and look at the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions as a whole.
Types of MSCA
There are five schemes into which the MSCA are grouped: Research networks (ITN), Individual fellowships (IF), International and inter-sectoral cooperation through the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes that finance fellowships involving mobility to or from another country and the European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT).
Research networks (ITN): support for Innovative Training Networks
There are three different types of Innovative Training Networks: European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) and European Joint Doctorates (EJD). An ITN’s goal is to train a new generation of researchers, combining training from in and outside academia. ITNs give funding to universities, research centres and companies that propose a research training network. A grant will cover the recruitment and training of researchers, the research costs and management and overhead costs.
Individual fellowships (IF)
Individual fellowships are, as the name suggests, aimed at individual researchers. Experienced researchers looking to further their development and open to the idea of working abroad are encouraged to apply to this type of MSCA. There are two types of Individual Fellowships: European Fellowships and Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in the EU or associated countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or who are moving within Europe and last from one to two years. Global Fellowships fund secondments outside of Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries and last fro two to three years. A grant covers the cost of living, travelling and family.
International and inter-sectoral cooperation through the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Focusing on short-term exchanges of staff, RISE is meant for universities, research centres and companies. At least three partners from three different countries can proposal a joint project highlighting the networking opportunities, sharing of knowledge and the skills development of staff. This type of MSCA is not just aimed at experienced researchers; any staff at any career level can undertake a secondment.
Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes that finance fellowships involving mobility to or from another country (COFUND)
COFUND is meant for organisations that fund or manage doctoral programmes or fellowship programmes for researchers. A COFUND proposal has just one sole participant and experienced researchers can apply directly with the funding organisation. For a good overview of how a COFUND projects works, reading through the PSI-FELLOW-II-3i description, for which accelopment helped write the proposal, gives a good overview.
European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)
Taking place each year on the last Friday in September, the NIGHT helps attract people to research. More than 30 countries are involved and the day is dedicated to showcasing what researchers really do for society.
There are still open and forthcoming calls for MSCA in 2017:
MSCA-COFUND-2017, MSCA-IF-2017, MSCA-NCP-2017 and MSCA-RISE-2017
MSCA and accelopment
Our latest MSCA project, Train2Target, has just started in January this year and this is only one of five ongoing MSCA projects (PEARRL, ClickGene, EXCILIGHT, and PSI-FELLOW-II-3i) we are currently being a part of.
We at accelopment offer support from the very beginning: Not only will we guide you through the application process by helping with the successful writing of the proposal and administrative tasks, but we will provide our support for the whole project life-time, advising in contract negotiations, setting up a project website, organising meetings, creating deliverables, providing useful templates and many other services.