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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Direction: Excellent Science

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are the EU flagship programme for doctoral and postdoctoral training, equipping researchers with new knowledge and skills through mobility across borders and exposure to different sectors and disciplines.


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NCP Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The national contact point of the European Union Framework Program for Research and Innovation "Horizon Europe" ("Horizon Europe Program"), which provides informational and methodological support for the relevant …

Part of Horizon Europe, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are the European Union’s flagship funding programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training of researchers.

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) manages the MSCA on behalf of the European Commission.

Areas of intervention:

  • supporting researchers in their training, skills and career development;
  • fostering trans-national, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility;
  • funding excellent doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, collaborative projects;
  • promoting public outreach.

They achieve a structuring impact on higher education institutions, research centres and other organisations way beyond academia by widely spreading excellence and setting standards for high-quality researcher education and training.

By doing so, they enhance the visibility and attractiveness of these organisations, not only across the European Research Area (ERA), but also worldwide.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will also contribute to the orientations identified in the Horizon Europe strategic plan.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions website

Funding opportunities under Horizon Europe are set out in work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available.

Work Programme 2021-2022 2. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Work Programme 2023-2024 2. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

All funding information and details on how to apply are on the Funding and Tenders portal.

There are 5 types of MSCA targeting different objectives.

Doctoral Networks (DN)

Supporting programmes to train doctoral candidates in academic and non-academic organisations.

Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF)

Supporting career perspectives and excellence of postdoctoral researchers.

Staff Exchanges (SE)

Encouraging collaborations between organisations through staff exchanges.


Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes.

MSCA and Citizens

Bringing research and researchers closer to the public at large.

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