Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) are a set of major mobility research grants created by the European Union/European Commission to support research in the European Research Area (ERA). It is currently financed through the eighth of the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (called Horizon 2020) and belongs to the so-called first pillar: namely, "Excellent Science." In this funding scheme, the European Research Council (ERC) has devoted over €6 billion to the grant program.

Established in 1996 as Marie Curie Actions and known since 2014 as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the fellowship program aims to foster the career development and further training of researchers at all career stages. These grants promote interdisciplinary research and international collaborations, supporting scientists from not only within Europe but also across the globe. MSCA fellowships are among Europe’s most competitive and prestigious awards, aimed to support the best, most promising scientists.[1]

In March 2017, over 100,000 researchers had been supported by MSCA.[2][3] To mark this milestone, the European Commission selected thirty highly-promising researchers (who achieved the highest evaluation scores in 2016)[2] to showcase the EU's actions dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research.[4]

The Polish-French namesake of MCSA was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences (physics and chemistry).

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Fellowships are awarded by the European Commission across scientific disciplines within the framework of Horizon 2020.

MCSA are grouped into the following schemes:

  • Research Networks (ITN),
  • Individual Fellowships (IF),
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE),
  • Co-funding of regional, national and international programs involving mobility (COFUND),
  • European Researchers' Night (NIGHT).

Within the framework of Horizon 2020, which runs from 2014 through 2020, MSCA will award €6.16 billion in funding.

Examples of Marie Curie Actions[edit]

Initial Training Networks (ITN) networks:

Abbreviation Full name or Content
ACRITAS Actuation and Characterisation at the Single Bond Limit
ARTISAN Adaptive RF front-end for 4G communication systems and beyond
AWESCO Airborne Wind Energy: System Modelling, Control and Optimisation
BigChem Big Data in Chemistry + Informatics = Chemoinformatics
CREAM Mechanistic Effect Models for Ecological Risk Assessment of Chemicals
DECIDE Decision-making within cells and differentiation entity therapies
DiXiT Digital Scholarly Editions
ECO Environmental Chemoinformatics
EDUSAFE Education in advanced VR/AR Safety Systems for Maintenance in Extreme Environments
Energy SmartOps Equipment and Process Monitoring, Integrated Automation and Optimization for Energy Savings
EPIHEALTHNET Identification of the main genetic pathways affecting health of developing embryos in a diabetic or obese maternal environment
EUROPOL Developing new applications for hyperpolarisation NMR
FlexSMELL Realize a hybrid olfaction system based on bio-receptor and implemented on a flexible substrate
HEADS Head protection: a European network for Advanced Designs in Safety
INFRASTAR Innovation and Networking for Fatigue and Reliability Analysis of Structures - Training for Assessment of Risk
MLPM Machine Learning for Personalized Medicine
MULTI-POS Multitechnology Positioning Professionals
NANOS3 Soft, Small, and Smart: Design, Assembly, and Dynamics of Novel
PRIDE Pontocaspian biodiversity RIse and DEmise
PRONTO Process Network Optimization
PROSENSE Parallel sensing of prostate cancer biomarkers
PROPHET Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology
PURESAFE Preventing Human Intervention for Increased Safety in Infrastructures Emitting Ionizing Radiation
REMEDIATE Improved decision-making in contaminated land site ingestigation and risk assessment
SANITAS Sustainable and Integrated Urban Water System Management
SMARTEN Smart Management for Sustainable Human Environment
SPHINGONET Sphingolipid Homeostasis: from Basic Biology to Applications
STREAM Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements
TALENT Training for Career Development in High Radiation Environment Technologies
TECAS Doctoral Academy in Regenerative Engineering
TEMPO Training Embedded in Predictive Control and Optimization
TRANCYST Translational Research in Polycystic Kidney Disease
TRANSMIT Training Research and Applications Network to Support the Mitigation of Ionospheric Threats
TreatRec Interdisciplinary concepts for municipal wastewater treatment and resource recovery
TRUSS Training in Reducing Uncertainty in Structural Safety
ZENCODE Understand genome regulation through combined experimental and computational approaches in a model vertebrate

Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

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