Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are a set of major research fellowships created by the European Union/European Commission to support research in the European Research Area (ERA). The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are among Europe's most competitive and prestigious research and innovation fellowships.[1][2]

Established in 1996 as Marie Curie Actions and known since 2014 as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, they aim to foster the career development and further training of researchers at all career stages. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions promote interdisciplinary research and international collaborations, supporting scientists from not only within Europe but also across the globe.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are currently financed through the eighth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (called Horizon 2020) and belong to the so-called 'first pillar' of Horizon2020: "Excellent Science." Through this funding scheme, the Research Executive Agency (REA) has devoted over €6 billion to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions between 2014 and 2020.

Since the launch of the programme in 1996, over 100,000 researchers had received MSCA grants by March 2017.[3][4] To mark this milestone, the European Commission selected thirty highly-promising researchers (who achieved the highest evaluation scores in 2016)[3] to showcase the EU's actions dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research.[5]

Marie Skłodowska-Curie is the Polish-French namesake of the programme and was the first female Nobel prize winner. The only person to win a Nobel Prize for contributions in two different sciences (physics and chemistry), she was also the first — and only woman — to have been awarded a Nobel Prize twice.

Types of funding

Fellowships are awarded by the European Commission across scientific disciplines within the framework of Horizon 2020.

MSCA are grouped into the following schemes:

  • Research Networks (ITN),
  • Individual Fellowships (IF),
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE),
  • Co-funding of regional, national and international programs involving mobility (COFUND),
  • European Researchers' Night (NIGHT).

Within the framework of Horizon 2020, which runs from 2014 through 2020, MSCA will award €6.16 billion in funding.

See also