Horizon 2020 (2014 - 2020)

Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF-2019)

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Location: EU 27 EU 27
Contracting Authority Type: Development Institution
Status: Awarded
Budget: Euro 294,487,359
Award ceiling: N/A
Award floor: N/A
Sector: Research
Eligible applicants: Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities: EU 27, Afghanistan, Albania, Alg ... See more EU 27, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Dem. Rep. Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, 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: 01 Nov, 2017

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Call Updates

Feb 4, 2020 6:21:16 PM 

Letters informing on the results of the evaluation have been sent to applicants.

Under the tab 'Topic conditions and documents' the following documents are available in section 8. "Additional documents":

An overview of the evaluation results (Flash Call Information);
A document informing on the percentage of proposals with a given score or higher, per ranking list. The document also shows the funding range.

Sep 12, 2019 3:39:36 PM 

A total of 9,875 proposals were submitted in response to this call.

The number of proposals for each type of action is :

- Standard European Fellowships (MSCA-IF-EF-ST): 7,673 proposals

- Reintegration Panel (MSCA-IF-EF-RI): 667 proposals

- Career Restart Panel (MSCA-IF-EF-CAR): 470 proposals

- Society & Enterprise Panel (MSCA-IF-EF-SE): 210 proposals

- Global Fellowships (MSCA-IF-GF): 855 proposals

Jul 11, 2019 12:54:15 PM

The revised Guide for Applicants version 1.3 is now available under Topic conditions and documents, with minor modifications listed in page 1 under "History of changes".

Apr 11, 2019 12:30:00 AM

The submission session is now available for: MSCA-IF-2019(MSCA-IF-GF-MSCA-IF-EF-ST-MSCA-IF-EF-RI-MSCA-IF-EF-CAR-MSCA-IF-EF-SE)

Individual Fellowships

ID: MSCA-IF-2019
Type of action: MSCA-IF-GF Global Fellowships , MSCA-IF-EF-ST Standard European Fellowships , MSCA-IF-EF-SE Society and Enterprise panel , MSCA-IF-EF-RI Reintegration panel , MSCA-IF-EF-CAR Career Restart panel

Deadline Model : single-stage

Opening: 11 April 2019 Deadline: 11 September 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time

Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 Website
Work programme:   Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
Work programme year: H2020-2018-2020
Call name: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships  |  Call ID: H2020-MSCA-IF-2019


Objective:The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.

Scope:Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors.

Only one proposal per individual researcher per call will be evaluated.

Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held.

Direct return to and long-term reintegration of researchers in Europe, including in their country of origin, is supported via a separate multi-disciplinary reintegration panel of the European Fellowships. For the reintegration panel, there must be direct mobility to the country of the beneficiary in Europe from a third country (compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

Support to individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave or due to recent migration, is ensured via a separate multi-disciplinary career restart panel of the European Fellowships. To qualify for the career restart panel, researchers must not have been active in research for a continuous period of at least 12 months within the 18 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission.

Researchers seeking to work on research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector will be supported via a separate multi-disciplinary society and enterprise panel of the European Fellowships. The objective of this panel is to facilitate career moves between the academic and non-academic sectors, to stimulate innovation, and to open attractive career opportunities for researchers outside academia.

The Widening Fellowships implemented through Work Programme part 15, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, provide specific support to researchers to undertake their fellowship in a widening country[1]. This will help spread excellence and close the still apparent research and innovation gap within Europe.

Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the Global Fellowship secondment takes place, not for the country of the return phase.

Researchers receiving an Individual Fellowship may opt to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship. For a fellowship of 18 months or less, the secondment phase may last up to three months. For a fellowship of more than 18 months, the secondment phase may last up to six months. The secondment phase can be a single period or be divided into shorter mobility periods. The secondment should significantly add to the impact of the fellowship. In the Global Fellowships, such a secondment can also take place at the start of the action at the beneficiary or a partner organisation in Europe for a maximum of 3 months, allowing the researcher to spend time there before moving on to a partner organisation in a third country.

A Career Development Plan should be established jointly by the supervisor(s) and the researcher. In addition to research or innovation objectives, this plan comprises the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, teaching, planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Researchers participating in the Individual Fellowships may opt to work part-time in order to pursue supplementary activities. These might include creating a company, or engaging in advanced studies not related to the MSCA grant. Any supplementary activities carried out part-time in parallel with the MSCA action must be agreed upon by the researcher and the beneficiary.

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
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:

Enhanced cooperation and stronger networks
Better transfer of knowledge between sectors and disciplines
Boosting of R&I capacity among participating organisations
At system level:

Increase in international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility of researchers in Europe
Strengthening of Europe's human capital base in R&I with more entrepreneurial and better trained researchers
Better communication of R&I results to society
Increase in Europe's attractiveness as a leading destination for R&I
Better quality research and innovation contributing to Europe's competitiveness and growth

Call Updates

Feb 4, 2020 6:21:16 PM 

Letters informing on the results of the evaluation have been sent to applicants.

Under the tab 'Topic conditions and documents' the following documents are available in section 8. "Additional documents":

An overview of the evaluation results (Flash Call Information);
A document informing on the percentage of proposals with a given score or higher, per ranking list. The document also shows the fu...

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