MSCA announces new calls worth over €1.7 billion to support researchers and organizations

The European Commission has announced new calls in 2023 and 2024 to support researchers’ training, skills and career development and organisations under the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions.

The calls follow the adoption of the Horizon Europe 2023-2024 work programme. With a total budget of €6.6 billion over 2021-2027, the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions support researchers from all over the world, at all stages of their careers and in all disciplines.

They also benefit institutions by supporting excellent doctoral, postdoctoral programmes and collaborative research and innovation projects, boosting their global attractiveness and visibility and fostering cooperation beyond academia, including with big companies and SMEs.

The MSCA will provide over €886 million in 2023 and €902 million in 2024, covering the five main actions of the work programme. Which include Doctoral networks, Postdoctoral fellowships, Staff exchanges, Cofund and MSCA & citizens.

Doctoral Networks allow implementing doctoral programmes to train doctoral candidates in academia and other sectors, including industry and businesses. The scheme provides specific incentives to set up Industrial Doctorates and Joint Doctorates. The 2023 Doctoral Networks call will have a budget of €434.8 million and opens on 30 May 2023 and close on 28 November 2023 while budget for 2024 will be €451.2 million.

Postdoctoral Fellowships enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and wishing to acquire new skills through advanced training and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility and is available for researchers in Europe and globally. Budget for 2023 will be budget of €260.5 million while €270.8 million for 2024.

Staff Exchanges provides support to develop international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary sustainable collaboration in research and innovation through exchanging staff. The scheme helps turn ideas into innovative products, services or processes and has a budget for €78.5 million in 2023 It will open on 5 October 2023 and €81.2 million for 2024 and opens in October of each year.

COFUND co-finances new or existing doctoral programmes and postdoctoral fellowship schemes in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries with the aim of spreading best practices of the MSCA while MSCA & Citizens brings research closer to students, families and the public at large mainly through the European Researchers.

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Artcle by Carolyne Nyokabi