Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions - Mobility programme

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions aim at developing new knowledge and skills of individuals involved in research and innovation. The programme is designed to deliver research training and career opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility.

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions address:

  • All domains of research and innovation
  • Researchers and innovation staff at all stages of their career
  • All countries, including third countries (as defined in the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation)

The most important schemes are the Innovative Training Networks (ITN), Individual Fellowships (IF), the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).

Furthermore, the programme funds outreach activities (Researchers’ Night), a support network, and a COFUND action addressing national or regional funding agencies.

Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

ITN is a programme that finances training for early-stage researchers. ITN supports joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, or other organisations

Partnerships may be European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) or European Joint Doctorates (EJD)

Proposals should not be longer than 30 pages. The evaluation outcome will be communicated maximum 5 months after the final date for submission. No consortium agreements are needed.

Individual Fellowships (IF)

Individual Fellowships allows experienced researchers to diversify their competence through advanced training and mobility. Projects outside of Europe are possible. The scheme also supports the reintegration of European researchers returning from outside Europe. Applications are made jointly by the researcher and the host organisation in the academic or non-academic sectors.

Fellowships can be European Fellowships (coming to or moving within European Member States or Associated Countries) or Global Fellowships (secondment to a third country).

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

The aim of the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange programme is to promote collaboration across countries and sectors and to promote a shared culture of research and innovation.

The following parties are eligible:

  • Organisations from both the academic and non-academic sectors
  • Organisations based in Europe (Member States and Associated Countries) and outside Europe (third countries)
  • Early-stage and experienced researchers, as well as managerial and technical staff

However, this programme excludes secondments between institutions located in third countries or within the same EU Member State or Associated Country.

The programme supports joint research and innovation activities between the participants, based on secondments of staff.

Proposals should not be longer than 30 pages. The evaluation outcome will be communicated maximum 5 months after the final date for submission. No consortium agreements are needed.

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)

This programme provides funding to new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to provide for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training which include international and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers.

The national or regional agency manages their programmes independently, covering about one third of its cost via the COFUND programme. Researchers benefitting from these programmes can call themselves “Marie Curie fellows”. As the regular Marie Curie fellowships, there is no restriction to the research domain (bottom-up) or to the nationality of the fellow.

European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)

The European Researchers’ Night is a yearly awareness raising event, taking place on the last Friday of the month of September, promoting research careers. Any legal entity in the EU Member States and Associated Countries can apply, with or without partner organisations.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions from Horizon 2020 National Contact Point