European Commission announces 1.25 billion EUR to support research

The European Commission recently announced the allocation of more than 1.25 billion euros in funds under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) as part of the prestigious Horizon Europe programme.

These funds will support excellent research and development in all fields of science, providing for about ten thousand researchers from the whole world at their various stages of their careers.

The first in a series of calls opened recently, highlighting three pivotal opportunities:

  • MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships: With a budget of €417.2 million, these fellowships aim to foster career advancement for experienced researchers by providing opportunities to work internationally and across sectors. The application window will close on 11 September.
  • MSCA COFUND: This call supports the creation and enhancement of doctoral and postdoctoral programmes by co-funding them alongside institutional funding, with a budget of €104.8 million. Applications are open until 26 September.
  • Feedback to Policy initiative: Opening with a €2 million budget, this initiative seeks to link MSCA projects with EU policy priorities, enhancing their visibility and impact. The closing date for applications is 3 September.

Additional calls are on the horizon, including:

  • MSCA Doctoral Networks: Starting on 29 May with a budget of €608.6 million, this initiative will foster training and recruitment of doctoral candidates across academia and other sectors, potentially culminating in joint degrees. The call will close on 27 November.
  • MSCA Staff Exchanges: With a budget of €99.47 million, this call opening on 19 September will promote international and inter-sectoral knowledge exchange, closing on 5 February 2025.

These initiatives not only enhance research capacity but also align with the European Commission’s broader goals under the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment, promoting a comprehensive definition of excellence and varied research careers.

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