Horizon 2020 (2014 - 2020)

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes

Last update: Jul 1, 2022 Last update: 01 Jul, 2022


Location: EU 27 EU 27
Contracting Authority Type: Development Institution
Status: Awarded
Budget: Euro 80,000,000
Award ceiling: N/A
Award floor: N/A
Sector: Training, Research
Eligible applicants: Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, A ... See more Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Date posted: 15 Oct, 2015

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Call updates:

01 February 2017 14:47

• Letters informing on the results of the evaluation are being sent to applicants.

Under the tab 'Topic conditions and documents' the following documents are available in section 8. "Additional documents":
o An overview of the evaluation results (Flash Call Information);
o A document informing on the percentage of proposals with a given score or higher, per ranking list. The document also shows the funding range.

29 September 2016 17:11

A total of 124 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic is shown below.

- Doctoral Programmes: 48 proposals

- Fellowship Programmes: 76 proposals

28 July 2016 12:00

Following the revision of the Work Programme, the version 2016.2 of the Guide for Applicants is online. The changes (listed in p.2 of the Guide) are the following ones:

- The definitions of Early-Stage Researchers, Experienced Researchers, and the Mobility Rule have been slightly modified to allow to choose the reference date (call deadline or recruitment) (page 5).

- An explanation of what is meant by “less represented countries” has been inserted (page 12).

27 July 2016 10:00

H2020 2016-17 Work Programme update
- Applicants having benefited from COFUND under previous calls (under the Seventh Framework Programme or under Horizon 2020) will explain how their proposal adds value in relation to previous grant(s). This can also take the form of increased networking with organisations in less represented countries or capacity building measures there.

Guide for applicants update
- An explanation of what is meant by less represented countries has been inserted (page 11).
- The definitions of Early-Stage Researchers, Experienced Researchers, and the Mobility Rule have been slightly modified to allow to choose the reference date (call deadline or recruitment).

14 April 2016 15:04 The submission session is now available for: 31071190(MSCA-COFUND-FP-MSCA-COFUND-DP)

10 March 2016 16:13
H2020 2016-17 Work Programme update

- The scope in the topic description has been updated, there is an addition: Applicants having benefited from COFUND under previous calls (under Seventh Framework Programme or under Horizon 2020) will explain how their proposal adds value in relation to previous grant(s).

- In the section EU contribution and applicable unit costs, there is an addition: EU contribution is limited to EUR 10 million per beneficiary per call.

TOPIC : Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes

Topic identifier: MSCA-COFUND-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: MSCA-COFUND-DP Doctoral programmes , MSCA-COFUND-FP Fellowship programmes
Planned opening date:
14 April 2016
Deadline: 29 September 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
Topic Budget (EUR) - Year : 2016 Stages Opening date Deadline
MSCA-COFUND-2016 - MSCA-COFUND-FP Fellowship programmes 50,000,000 single-stage 14 April 2016 29 September 2016
MSCA-COFUND-2016 - MSCA-COFUND-DP Doctoral programmes 30,000,000 single-stage 14 April 2016 29 September 2016
  Horizon 2020 
Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Topic Description

The COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.


Each proposal funded under the COFUND scheme shall have a sole beneficiary that will be responsible for the availability of the necessary matching funds to execute the proposal.

Applicants submit multi-annual proposals for new or existing doctoral programmes or fellowship programmes which are expected to have an impact on enhancing research- and innovation related human resources on regional, national or international level.

Applicants having benefited from COFUND under previous calls (under Seventh Framework Programme or under Horizon 2020) will explain how their proposal adds value in relation to previous grant(s).

Researchers supported under this scheme shall comply with the mobility rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

Limitations regarding the researchers' origin and destination should be avoided. Support cannot be awarded to researchers who are already permanently employed by the organisation hosting them.

Proposed programmes are encouraged to cover all research disciplines ("bottom-up"), but can also focus on specific disciplines. In this case the range of covered disciplines should allow reasonable flexibility for the researchers.

Programmes that prioritise specific research disciplines based on national or regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3 strategies) can also be supported. Synergies with the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) are encouraged.

COFUND takes the form of:

A) Doctoral programmes

Doctoral programmes address the development and broadening of the research competencies of early-stage researchers. The training follows the EU Principles on Innovative Doctoral Training. Collaboration with a wider set of partner organisations, including from the non-academic sector, which may provide hosting or secondment opportunities or training in research or transferable skills, as well as innovative elements of the proposed programme, will be positively taken into account during the evaluations.

Each researcher must be enrolled in a doctoral programme. Attention is paid to the quality of supervision and mentoring arrangements as well as career guidance.

B) Fellowship programmes

Fellowship programmes fund individual research training and career development fellowships for experienced researchers. The programmes supported should have regular selection rounds following fixed deadlines or regular cut-off dates, allowing fair competition between the researchers applying. The selections should be based on open, widely advertised competition, with transparent international peer review and the selection of candidates on merit. Mobility types supported by fellowship programmes may be similar to the ones supported under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships. On top of transnational mobility, applicants are encouraged to include elements of cross-sectoral mobility into their programmes. Fellowship programmes should be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers should be able to freely choose a research topic and the appropriate organisation to host them, fitting their individual needs.

Given that the aim of the co-funded fellowship programmes is the support of individual fellows, research teams will not be funded.

Expected Impact:

At researcher level:

  • Increased set of skills, both research-related and transferable ones, leading to improved employability and career prospects both in and outside academia (leading in the longer-term to more successful careers)
  • Increase in higher impact R&I output, more knowledge and ideas converted into products and services
  • Greater contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society

At organisation level:

  • Development of high quality human resources
  • Boosting R&I capacity among participating organisations
  • Enhanced cooperation and transfer of knowledge between sectors and disciplines
  • Strengthening of international and intersectoral collaborative networks

At system level:

  • Aligning of practices and policies in the context of the EU Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, enhanced implementation of the European Charter and Code and the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training at regional, national or international level
  • Increase in international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility of researchers in Europe
  • Improvement in the working and employment conditions for researchers in Europe at all levels of their career, starting from the doctoral stage
  • Strengthening of Europe's human capital base in R&I
  • Increase in Europe's attractiveness as a leading destination for R&I
  • Better quality R&I contributing to Europe's competitiveness and growth

Call updates:

01 February 2017 14:47

• Letters informing on the results of the evaluation are being sent to applicants.

Under the tab 'Topic condition...

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