Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions under Horizon 2020

In the article “All you need to know on Horizon 2020” in the MCAA Newsletter 1, we gave you an idea of what to expect under Horizon 2020. Below, we have summed up the changes to the Marie Curie Actions under this new Programme.

The Marie Curie Actions will be renamed. From January 2014, the Marie Curie Actions will become the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under the “Excellent Science” pillar of Horizon 2020. Based on a bottom-up approach, these Actions will be allocated €6,162 million for 2014-2020.

What will change? Under Horizon 2020, the old Marie Curie Actions will be simplified as follows:

  1. Initial Training Networks (ITN) become Innovative Training Networks (ITN). These Actions will be dedicated to early-stage researchers and involve wide partnerships between institutions from academic and non-academic organisations. They aim to enhance the employability of researchers by combining scientific excellence with an innovation-oriented approach, and to develop entrepreneurship and skills matching research labour market needs.
  2. Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (IEF), International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF), International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) and Career Integration Grants (CIG) become Individual Fellowships (IFs). These will be granted to experienced researchers. They will provide them opportunities in the framework of international and inter-sector mobility. The grant will normally cover two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.
  3. Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) and International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) become Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). This will support short-term mobility of research and innovation staff at all career levels, from the most junior (post-graduate) to the most senior (management). They are based on flexible inter-sector (within Europe) and international (with third countries) exchanges of highly skilled research and innovation staff.
  4. Co-funding of Regional, National, and International Programmes (COFUND) remain COFUND. These Actions will stimulate regional, national and international programmes so as to foster excellence, and will spread best practices in terms of international mobility, research training and career development. They will be extended to doctoral training, and may receive contributions from EU regional funds.


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