MSCA Seal of Excellence: new funding opportunities

The ‘Seal of Excellence’ (SoE) certificate will be awarded to the applicants of above threshold in the Individual Fellowship Marie Sklodowska-Curie calls not reaching funded proposals: a holder of the certificate can then approach alternative funding sources (regional, national, private or public) and present the certificate as a label of a high-quality project proposal.

Some countries are making efforts in developing new programs focused on attracting talent to their institutions. The SoE is a safe passage to apply to these calls, which are focused only in giving support for MSCA proposals with SoE.

For further information you can always contact the National Contact Point (NCP) in your host country to check if there are funding possibilities available.

National Contact Points

Current or planned regional/national initiatives relevant to Seal of Excellence recipients (host countries)

Croatia

The Ministry of Science and Education plans to use the European Social Fund to provide funding for projects awarded with the MSCA Seal of Excellence.

Cyprus

The Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) is responsible for a Programme called “Horizon 2020 – 2nd Opportunity” under the “RESTART 2016-2020” funding scheme. This includes funding of €1.2 million earmarked for MSCA applicants (only Standard European Fellowships with host organisation in Cyprus) who have received an evaluation score greater or equal to 90/100, but were not funded by the European Commission due to budget exhaustion (Below Available Budget). More information

Czech Republic

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic launched a call for proposals for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships Seal of Excellence holders (2015 & 2016). The call supports ‘International Mobility of researchers’ i.e. researchers going from the Czech Republic to foreign research organisations and vice versa. Applicants can be of any nationality and need to apply through their home (outgoing) or host (incoming) institution before 1 December 2017. More information (in Czech)

Lithuania

Drawing on funds from the European Social Fund, the Research Council of Lithuania (RCL) launched a call to fund recipients of the MSCA Seal of excellence and indeed any applicant to the IF calls 2016 and 2017 who scored above threshold (70%). It will provide funding of up to 36 months. Applicants need to adapt the financial part of their MSCA application to take account of ESF funding rules. The call closes at the end of March 2018 and is also open to applicants to the ERC. More information

Italy

The University of Padova has foreseen funding for recipients of the Seal of Excellence who had applied to be hosted at the university. More information

The Politecnico di Milano will fund the best 10 MSCA recipients of the Seal from the H2020-MSCA-IF-2018 (European Fellowship) call who applied to be hosted at the Politecnico. They will be offered a postdoc position for two years with 40.000€/year (gross amount) as salary and 20.000€ for startup fund for research activities, training and networking. The Politecnico is also launching a pilot Master Class for potential applicants to the MSCA – IF call 2018. More information

Slovenia

The Slovenian Research Agency invites national research institutions that had participated in the MSCA-IF-2016 call evaluation procedure and acquired a score of 85% or more to apply for co-funding of their projects. The Slovenian call foresees a co-financing of 6 research projects, starting from 1 January 2018. Using its own funds, the Agency will support the leading researchers of the selected projects for a period of two years. More information (The deadline for submission of applications is 16 October 2017)

Sweden

The Strategy Group for EU-Coordination in Sweden has prepared a call “MSCA EF Seal of Excellence”. The aim is to provide funding for recipients of the Seal of Excellence to EF projects to be hosted by Swedish organisations that were positively evaluated and on the reserve list but could not be financed through the Horizon 2020 budget. Funding will be provided via Vinnova.

More information:

 

Additional information for other host countries without specific measures for Seal recipients

Austria

For the time being, Austria has no specific funding schemes for recipients of the MSCA IF Seal of Excellence. Austria provides funding for Experienced Researchers through different national programmes. These funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritised. Applications are peer reviewed and subject to specific eligibility criteria.

Finland

Finland has no relevant national/regional funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence. Recipients of the Seal are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and, where appropriate, contact the NCP for the proposal preparation. Alternative funding sources for experienced researchers interested in pursuing research in Finland (although not specifically targeting or prioritizing SoE holders) include, for example, calls by the Academy for Finland.

Germany

Germany has no relevant national funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence. Recipients of the Seal of Excellence are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and, where appropriate, contact the NCP for the proposal preparation. Experienced researchers willing to pursue research in Germany should visit Research in Germany for further information on alternative funding schemes. The listed funding schemes are not restricted to recipients of the Seal of Excellence, neither are Seal of Excellence recipients given priority in the application process.

Ireland

There are a range of fellowship opportunities in Ireland provided by government research funding agencies and other bodies. Most notably, there are a number of fellowship programmes running in Ireland that are co-funded by the MSCA COFUND programme. Our three main national research funding agencies (see below) also offer fellowship programmes that are fully funded by the Irish government. Applications are subject to rigorous international peer review and each programme has its own specific eligibility criteria which must be adhered to. Please note that these programmes are not exclusive to Seal of Excellence holders, neither are Seal of Excellence holders prioritised in the assessment process. However, Seal of Excellence holders are encouraged to include information on their Seal of Excellence award in their application as evidence of their track record.

More information on current and forthcoming MSCA COFUND programmes in Ireland

National Funders:

Please note that the list of opportunities above is not exhaustive. Applicants are encouraged to visit EURAXESS Ireland for more information on research jobs and funding in Ireland.

Spain

In Spain there are no specific mechanisms or budgetary allocations for funding MSCA Seal of Excellence recipients. At this moment we are not aware of such instruments at regional and/or institutional level.

The Research and Innovation State Agency runs different national funding schemes supporting researchers. Seal of Excellence can apply to National Programme for the Promotion of Talent and Its Employability calls, but will not be prioritized.

For further information on Funding calls at national level, please consult the Researcher Career Path created by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.

Switzerland

Switzerland has no relevant national funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence. Recipients of the Seal are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and to contact the NCP for the proposal preparation. Alternative funding sources for experienced researchers interested in pursuing research in Switzerland (although not specifically targeting or prioritizing SoE holders) include, for example, calls by the Swiss National Science Foundation or the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

United Kingdom

The UK has no plans to introduce a specific funding scheme for recipients of the MSCA Seal of Excellence. The UK provides funding for early-career researchers through a variety of funding schemes provided by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Academies. These funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritised. Applications are peer reviewed and subject to specific eligibility criteria. Further details are available at:

UK Research and Innovation

National Academies

If you need more information or have any question regarding the SoE, do not hesitate and leave a comment! I will be glad to clarify your issues!

Source: EU Commission

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Abierto el Servicio Expresiones de Interés Entidades Españolas – Acciones Individuales MSCA IF 2018

El pasado 9 de abril la Oficina Europea volvió a poner en marcha el servicio de difusión “IF Expressions of Interest: Spanish Hosting Offers” dentro del portal ESHorizonte2020El objetivo es dar visibilidad a aquellas entidades españolas que deseen contratar a investigador@s post-doctorales en el marco de la convocatoria de Acciones Individuales Marie Sklodowska-Curie H2020-MSCA-IF-2018.

Dada la buena aceptación que esta iniciativa piloto tuvo entre los centros españoles en las convocatorias anteriores, se mantiene su continuidad como un servicio de apoyo a la participación en Horizonte 2020, gestionándose el mismo a través de la figura de gestor@s de las Oficinas de Proyectos de las entidades participantes.

Este servicio estará disponible hasta el mes de julio 2018.

Para más información sobre el servicio de Expresiones de Interés podéis dirigiros a este archivo.

Para acceder al servicio y dar de alta tu entidad puedes dirigirte al siguiente enlace

Si tenéis cualquier duda sobre este servicio o sobre la propia convocatoria MSCA, ¡dejadme un comentario y os contestaré encantada!

Fuente: EsHorizonte2020

H2020 puzzle’s pieces: Future Health

In April, my collaboration with RTDI’s blog is about a crucial topic for everyone: the health of the future.

Europe is getting older, it’s hard but it’s true. The European population is ageing rapidly; but living longer does not necessarily mean living healthier, more active and independent. The number of Europeans over 65 will double in the next 50 years, and the number of over 80’s will almost triple. Life expectancy will continue to increase, yet unhealthy life years make up around 20% of a person’s life.

If you want to know what it is in Europe’es mind to solve this problem, do not miss my post.

 

Jornada Nacional Convocatoria MSCA COFUND 2018 en Madrid

El día 24 de abril tendrá lugar una sesión informativa del esquema COFUND de las Acciones MSCA organizada por la Oficina Europea.

Durante la jornada, se contará con la presencia de un representante de la Comisión Europea, el Dr. Alan Craig, que nos contará en detalle los objetivos y modos de implementación del esquema COFUND. Beneficiarios de este programa de financiación nos facilitarán también su experiencia y punto de vista.

La Convocatoria COFUND, dentro del Pilar I de Ciencia Excelente de Horizonte 2020 está dotada de 80M€, abre el 12 de abril y cierra el 27 de septiembre de 2018. Su objetivo es el de estimular programas regionales, nacionales o internacionales, fomentando así la excelencia en la formación de los investigadores, su movilidad y el desarrollo de su carrera profesional.

La CE facilita una co-financiación de alrededor de un 50% de los fondos tanto para programas nuevos como ya existentes, para la formación de doctorandos (modalidad Doctoral Programmes) y la realización de proyectos de investigación por parte de investigadores con experiencia (modalidad Fellowships Programme).

Para asistir al evento, es necesario registrarse en el siguiente ENLACE. Se informa que gran parte del evento se celebrará en inglés y no está previsto el servicio de traducción.

  • Dirección:Salón de Actos del Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad – Paseo de la Castellana 162,  Madrid
  • Observaciones:Para más información, veragenda

Fuente: EsHorizonte2020

Nuevo portal de resultados y estadísticas en H2020

Hace pocos meses la Comisión Europea a través del Participant Portal ponía en marcha un nuevo servicio para consultar “en tiempo real” los datos de participación en H2020, tanto en relación a propuestas como en relación a proyectos financiados.

En este enlace tenéis la página relacionada con propuestas y en este otro sitio los datos de proyectos. La verdad es que a mi personalmente no me resulta demasiado intuitiva la interfaz, ya que para establecer los filtros tienes que pinchar en la flechita de la esquina superior derecha, y una vez dentro, seleccionar lo que estás buscando. Cuando lo encuentras, la verdad es que los datos son bastante visuales, pudiendo seleccionar en las gráficas aquellos parámetros o temáticas que estés analizando, y mostrándote los datos de participación globales.

 

Como forma de incluir datos reales y de forma rápida en informes, o para obtener una visión general de alguna de las convocatorias o países que estemos estudiando para nuestras propuestas, sin duda la herramienta es más rápida que buscar proyecto por proyecto la información en CORDIS. Eso sí, esta última pagina siempre será la referencia si queremos llegar al fondo de la cuestión, viendo qué topics se han financiado.

¡Nos vemos en la próxima!