Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund mobility, training and career development for researchers. In all cases the research topic of the project proposed is for the applicant(s) to decide. The funding schemes are:
- Innovative Training Networks (ITN) – collaborative projects lead by a coordinating institution to train creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researchers through initial and doctoral training of early-stage researchers. Projects typically involve a partnership (consortium) of universities, research institutions, businesses, SMEs and other organisations from across Europe (and beyond) who deliver a training programme (including secondment experiences) within a collaborative research programme. The two types of ITN relevant to Oxford are the European Training Network (ETN) requiring a minimum of at least three institutions in at least three European countries, and the European Industrial Doctorate (EID) requiring a minimum of one University and one non-academic partner from different European countries.
- Individual Fellowships (IF) fund post-doctoral researchers (at any stage in their career) for a research fellowship. Fellowships are intended to enhance and broaden skills through international and/or inter-sectoral mobility, and the inclusion of personal development opportunities in the design of the research fellowship. Fellowship opportunities exist both for researchers wishing to come to Oxford from outside the UK (European Fellowships), and for Oxford researchers wishing to spend time outside Europe before returning to the University (Global Fellowships). Career restart and/or reintegration back into Europe are supported under this scheme.
- Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) - promotes international and inter-sectoral collaboration through the exchange of research and innovation staff. Projects fund staff exchanges between Europe and non-European countries and/or inter-sectoral exchanges between academic and non-academic partners.
- Cofunding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND) - cofunds new or existing multi-annual doctoral or fellowship programmes which are run at regional, national and international level. The funding is normally given to funding organisations not Universities. Oxford researchers may be eligible to apply for fellowships offered by Cofund programmes.
- European Researchers’ Night – this is aimed at bringing researchers and research and innovation activities closer to the public, particularly to inspire young people. The Night is usually held on the last Friday in September and activities will promote the European dimension of research and innovation: involvement of current EC funded awardees is encouraged.