Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Actions Info-Day
Find below the presentations of the MSCA InfoDay we organised at Universitat Pompeu Fabra the 29th May:
- Introduction to the MSCA-IF call (Josep Niubò);
- Tips from a MSCA Evaluator (Dr. Georgios Giannoulis Giannoulopoulos;
- Tips from a current MSCA Fellow (Dr Judit Chamorro-Servent).
Calls for Expressions for Interest (EoI)
Health and Experimental Sciences
- Dr Pura Muñoz is willing to receive EoIs of potential candidates for projects on stem cell aging. Application deadline: 15/08/19. See the call on Euraxess website
Information and Communication Technologies Engineering
- Several researchers within the BCN-MedTech research group are interested in receiving expressions of interest of potential candidates on subjects related to biomedical engineering. Application deadline: 01/07/2019. See the call on Euraxess website.
Skills and career development
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions support researchers to establish themselves on a more stable career path and to ensure that they can achieve an appropriate work/life balance, taking into account their family situation. These actions support the career development and training of researchers - with a focus on innovation skills - in all scientific disciplines through worldwide and cross-sector mobility. For this, the MSCA provide grants at all stages of researchers' careers, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers, and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. They are open to all domains of research and innovation, from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services. Research and innovation fields as well as sectors are chosen freely by the applicants in a fully bottom-up manner. The MSCA will become the main EU programme for doctoral training, funding 25 000 PhDs. Endowing researchers with new skills and a wider range of competences, while offering them attractive working conditions, is a crucial aspect of the MSCA. In addition to mobility between countries, the MSCA also seek to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business.
The MSCA follow a "bottom-up" approach, i.e. individuals and organisations working in any area of research can apply for funding. Several MSCA initiatives promote the involvement of industry etc. in doctoral and post-doctoral research.The Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers, to better prepare them for current and future societal challenges.
Mobility rule: at the time of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals (IF) or recruitment by the host organisation (ITN) researchers shall not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
Innovative Training Networks
The ITN aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative doctoral and early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training, extending the traditional academic research training setting, and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It will provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set. Research networks take the form of collaborative European Training Networks, European Industrial Doctorates or European Joint Doctorates.• For early-stage researchers (< 4 years of research experience).
• Duration of projects: maximum 4 years
• Fellowships of 3-36 months.
IF are designed to support experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries. Their objectives are to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers and to provide opportunities to acquire new knowledge, work on research projects in a European context or outside Europe, resume a career or return to Europe.IF expect to help releasing the full potential of researchers and to catalyse significant development at the same time that they strengthen the contact network of the researcher and the host organisation.
• For experienced researchers of any nationality (IF Global and IF Reintegration: nationals of EU MS/AC and long-term residents);
• Duration of projects: 12 - 36 months;
• Bottom-up approach
• Focus on career development, not necessarily experience.