Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF)
The MSCA-IF grant supports an individual research stay (1-2 years) connected with international mobility (the project must take place in a country different from where the researcher-fellow has currently worked or studied). The project can be in any research field. The grant should support career development of the researcher (fellow) and help him/her to reach or re-enforce a position of professional maturity or independence. The host institution can be from academic or from non-academic sector. Deadline is one a year, ca. in mid-September. The project can, at the earliest, start ca. in June of the following year. Usually, the projects begin in September of the following year after the deadline.
MSCA-IF is an opportunity for:
- researchers who want to go on a postdoctoral research stay abroad,
- researchers who have been doing research abroad (for at least 2 years) and are returning,
- leaders of research teams who want to bring to their research group a postdoc researcher from any foreign country.
Eligibility conditions for the fellow:
- He/she must at the date of the call deadline hold the PhD title or have at least 4 years of full time research experience since obtaining a title entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (no restriction of maximal age of the fellow or years since obtaining PhD).
- In the country, where the fellowship takes place, the fellow must fulfil the mobility rule: he/she must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in this country for more than 12 months in the 3 years before the call deadline (a modified mobility rule applies to the special panels, see below).
The fellow should prepare the proposal in close collaboration with the potential supervisor at the host institution. The proposals are submitted online via the Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal (F&T). Formally, the applicant is the host institution, usually represented by the supervisor (exception: in case of Global Fellowship, the applicant is the institution in Europe where the reintegration would take place, see below).
Each year, ca. 1300 MSCA-IF grants are awarded in Europe. Success rate is 11-16% depending on the evaluation panel.
Supervisors, would like to attract a postdoc with an MSCA-IF grant in the future (but are not currently involved in preparation of any)? Do you want to learn what makes the difference between good and bad MSCA-IF project? Register in the European commission’s expert database and become an evaluator.
Standard European Fellowship (MSCA-IF-EF-ST)
1-2 years research stay at a host institution in an EU or Horizon 2020 associated country. The fellow must fulfil here the mobility rule (must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in this country for more than 12 months in the 3 years before the call deadline).
European Fellowship –Special panels
Research stay at a host institution in an EU or Horizon 2020 associated country. The fellow must fulfil here a modified mobility rule: must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in this country for more than 36 months in the 5 years before the call deadline.
- Career Restart panel (MSCA-IF-EF-CAR)
Supports researchers to resume research after a career break (e.g. after parental leave or work outside research). Project duration is 1-3 years. In the 18 months prior to the deadline, the fellow must have been inactive in research for uninterrupted period of at least 12 months.
- Reintegration panel (MSCA-IF-EF-RI)
Supports return and reintegration of researchers into a research position in Europe from third countries. Target group are researchers that have been currently located in a third country (neither EU country nor Horizon 2020 associated country) who want to carry out MSCA-IF project at a host institution in EU country nor Horizon 2020 associated country. Project duration is 1-2 years. The fellow must be of nationality of an EU or Horizon 2020 associated country or a (former) long-term resident of such country.
- Society and Enterprise panel (MSCA-IF-EF-SE)
Supports researchers to work on research and innovation projects at a host organisation from the non-academic sector (e.g. enterprise, museum, hospital…). Project duration is 1-2 years.
Global Fellowship (MSCA-IF-GF)
1-2 years research stay at a host institution in a “third country” (neither EU country nor Horizon 2020 associated country) where the fellow fulfils the mobility rule. This outgoing phase must be followed by a compulsory 1 year reintegration phase at a “sending” institution in an EU or Horizon 2020 associated country. This reintegration phase must be already described in the proposal and is covered by the grant. The mobility rule does not have to be fulfilled for the reintegration phase. Formally, the “sending” institution is the applicant. The fellow must be of nationality of an EU or Horizon 2020 associated country or a (former) long-term resident of such country.
A short term stay (secondment) at a different institution than the host institution can be part of the fellowship (up to 3 months for 18 months fellowships or shorter, up to 6 months for fellowships longer than 18 months). The secondment must take place at institution in an EU or Horizon 2020 associated country. The secondment must be meaningful and appropriate to the type of fellowship and research field and bring benefits for both the scientific part of the project and for the career development of the researcher. The secondment must be planned in the project proposal.
Widening Fellowships (WF)
Since 2018, the best ranking MSCA-IF proposals that are not funded due to lack of finances (are just under the “cut-off-score”) and are planned to carried out at a host institution in one of the “Widening countries” will be funded by the part “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” of the Horizon 2020 programme. (According to the planned budget, ca. 30-40 projects are to be funded in this way.)
The “resubmission” of the unfunded MSCA-IF proposals to the WF panel will be done automatically. WF will fund projects originally submitted to the following panels: Standard European Fellowships, Career Restart panel, Reintegration panel and Society and Enterprise panel (Global Fellowships will not be supported).
Widening countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine.
Do you want to apply for MSCA-IF grant with the Faculty of Science
as your host institution?
- Firstly, the applicant (fellow) must get in touch with a potential supervisor who works at the Faculty of Science and would be willing to host him/her as a MSCA fellow.
- Secondly the potential fellow and supervisor should contact the Project Management Department (Ludmila Součková (Müllerová), firstname.lastname@example.org) – the sooner you contact us, the better support we will be able to provide.
- When submitting the proposal via the Participant Portal, please fill in:
► Organisation: CHARLES UNIVERSITY, PIC: 999923434
► Contact Person: Tomas Palaty, email@example.com
Do you want to apply for MSCA-IF to go abroad?
If you currently work or study at the Faculty of Science and want to apply for an MSCA-IF grant to be carried out at a foreign institution, we also encourage you to contact the Project management department (Ludmila Součková (Müllerová), firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn about the support we offer.
- Basic information about MSCA-IF.
- Information for applicants from the Czech Republic (in Czech) – national contact point, news, workshops etc.
- The Czech national contact point for MSCA grants: Zuzana Čapková.
- Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal – the calls for proposals are published here, it also serves for proposal submission.
- MSCA-IF Guide for Applicants – the document is updated each year at the opening of the call (ca. in mid-April).
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Last update 10. 1. 2019.