Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Call 2018: Information Event

The UKRO has arranged an information event for those who are interested in applying to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Research and Innovation staff Exchange (RISE) Call, which will open on 22 November 2017 and has a deadline of 21 March 2018.

The Information Event will take place on Tuesday 9 January 2018, at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Conference Centre in London. It will include talks from successful previous applicants, and will equip attendees with an overview of the call and the proposal format. To register for the event (allocated on a first come first served basis) visit the UKRO’s events page.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: Innovative Training Networks – 2018 Call for Proposals open

The European Commission has opened the MSCA ITN 2018 call for proposals.

This scheme is aimed at supporting ECRs in joint training and/or doctoral programmes, and there are three different strands to apply for: European Training Networks, European Industrial Doctorates and European Joint Doctorates. Applications are to be made using the EU Participant Portal by 17.00 (Brussels time) on 17 January 2018.

Click here for the Guide for Applicants (please note that this call is still to be officially endorsed by the EC so this document may be subject to changes).

The UK Research Office has organised two Information Events concerning this call – to register click on the links below:
Tuesday 24 October – Sheffield
Wednesday 25 October – London


Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call open, deadline 14 Sept

This year’s call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships has launched with a deadline of 14 September 2017. Full call information, including the Guide for Applicants, is available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

Individual Fellowships (IF) are aimed at individual fellows who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They enable researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a compulsory 12 month return phase in a Europe host organisation.

Applications are developed jointly between the fellow and their intended host organisation. As well as a strong programme of research, the application needs to describe the benefits of the fellowship to both the researcher and the host institution and how the programme of research and training for the fellow will be implemented and managed. Industrial secondments can also be included.

UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding two information events on the call to be held in Liverpool on 5 May and Bristol on 23 May. These events will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the IF scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Attendance is free but you must register on the UKRO website to reserve a place.

If you are thinking about developing an application, please contact your relevant Research Funding and Policy Manager who can advise and support you through the application process as well as share resources such as previously successsful applications.


Info session on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

MCAWe are holding an information session on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships on Monday 18th May from 10.00-11.00 in the MEA House auditorium. The aim of the session is to present the scheme and the application process to colleagues who are thinking about applying to the 2015 call which closes on the 10 September. Nikos Mavroudis from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, who has been a MSC fellow and is currently an evaluator for the programme, will give some hints and tips from his own experience.

If you are not familiar with it, this programme is a mobility grants scheme offering very attractive funding for researchers, regardless of their nationality or discipline, to support both a research project and the skills and career development of the fellow. Fellowships are either European or Global. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host.

There are also fellowships to enable individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave. Researchers are also encouraged to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship.

This is a great way to bring in experienced researchers (with a doctorate and/or 4 years full-time research experience) to Northumbria for up to two years. Applications must be submitted by the supervisor in the host institution.

If you would like to find out more, come along to the session. It would be helpful if you could let me know in advance by email.