Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are a set of major mobility research grants created by the European Union/European Commission to support research in the European Research Area (ERA). Established in 1996 as Marie Curie Actions and known since 2014 as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the fellowship programme 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 at supporing the best and most promising scientists.[1]

MSCA is currently financed through the eighth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (called Horizon 2020) and belongs to the so-called 'first pillar' of Horizon2020: "Excellent Science." Through this funding scheme, the Research Executive Agency (REA) has devoted over €6 billion to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Since the launch of the programme in 1996, over 100,000 researchers had received MSCA grants by March 2017.[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]

Marie Skłodowska-Curie is the Polish — and later French through naturalization — namesake of the programme and was the first female Nobel prize winner. The only person to win a Nobel Prize for contributions in two different sciences (physics and chemistry), she was also the first — and only woman — to have been awarded a Nobel Price twice.

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

MSCA 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
DCOMM Deictic Communication
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
INTERAQCT International Network for the Training of Early stage Researchers on Advanced Quality control by Computed Tomography
MarPipe Improving the flow in the pipeline of the next generation of marine biodiscovery scientists
META-CAN Metabolism and Cancer Immunology
MLPM Machine Learning for Personalized Medicine
MULTI-POS Multitechnology Positioning Professionals
NANOS3 Soft, Small, and Smart: Design, Assembly, and Dynamics of Novel
PRIDE Drivers of Pontocaspian Biodiversity RIse and DEmise
PRONTO Process Network Optimization
PEARRL Pharmaceutical Education and Research with Regulatory Links
Privacy&Us Privacy and Usability
[ PROSENSE] Parallel sensing of prostate cancer biomarkers
PROPHET Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology
PROTECTED PROTECTion against Endocrine Disruptors; Detection, mixtures, health effects, risk assessment and communication.
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
PathChooser Innovative, mechanistic-based strategies for delivery of therapeutic macromolecules across cellular and biological barriers

Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

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