The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, named after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to ‘blue-sky’ science, are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development.

Awarding €6.16 billion in the period to 2020, the MSCA support research training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field (a “bottom-up” approach). In addition to generous research funding, scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions for Industry/SMEs

Non-academic sector, including SME, may not necessarily have the facilities, financial resources or human capital to run their research projects as they would like to. However, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions enable them to for example:

  • collaborate with research organisations;

  • have access to equipment only found in academic institutions;

  • In-house training courses;

  • associate some of the highly skilled researchers found in academia with the research projects of the firm.

Applying cutting-edge science and technology from creative academic groups is a key element of successful innovation. We know that well-trained, entrepreneurially-minded researchers who can move between academic and other settings are essential to this successful collaboration. Therefore the MSCA are promoting business-academia collaborations that give researchers adequate skills and opportunities to contribute to company growth. Through the MSCA, firms can recruit or simply host researchers during their fellowships (with or without PhD), as well as participating in staff exchange programmes that enable the people-to-people transfer of advanced knowledge.

Among the four MSCA you will find the possibility to:

  • Find alternative paths to innovation – risk research without the risk

  • Collaborate and benefit from the experience and knowledge of academic partners

  • Take advantage from state-of-the-art and high quality equipment of universities and research institutions

  • Access to R&I talents

Actively direct research projects towards the needs of the company.

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