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The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are the European Union’s reference programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

They contribute to excellent research, boosting jobs, growth and investment by equipping researchers with new knowledge and skills, and foster research cooperation across borders, sectors and disciplines.

Objectives of the MSCA

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund excellent research and innovation and equip researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge and skills, through mobility across borders and exposure to different sectors and disciplines. The MSCA help build Europe’s capacity for research and innovation by investing in the long-term careers of excellent researchers.

The MSCA also fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programmes and collaborative research projects worldwide. By doing so, they achieve a structuring impact on higher education institutions, research centres and non-academic organisations.

The MSCA promote excellence and set standards for high-quality researcher education and training in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

Types of MSCA funding

There are 5 types of MSCA targeting different objectives:

1. Doctoral Networks (DN)
Supporting programmes to train doctoral candidates in academic and non-academic organisations. Follow the link to find out more about Doctoral Networks.

2. Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF)
Supporting career perspectives and excellence of postdoctoral researchers. Follow the link to find out more about Postdoctoral Fellowships.

3. Staff Exchanges (SE)
Encouraging collaborations between organisations through staff exchanges. Follow the link to find out more about Staff Exchanges.

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes. Follow the link to find out more about COFUND.

5. MSCA and Citizens
Bringing research and researchers closer to the public at large. Follow the link to find out more about MSCA and Citizens.


Call information and deadlines can be found on the Funding and Tenders portal.

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