Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships 2020

Call now open: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships 2020

Written by Vicky and Lucy, April 8th, 2020

The 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF) call is now open for applications; this year’s deadline is 9th September. These fellowships are mutually beneficial: They offer a great opportunity for experienced researchers to develop their career opportunities through mobility. Additionally, they facilitate enhanced cooperation and stronger networks for the supervisor and the host institution.

The stated goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility[1]. The fellowships provide bottom-up funding, supporting the career development and training of researchers from all scientific disciplines.

The call opened on 8th April. Whilst five months might seem to provide a surfeit of time to write a relatively short document, it is a time-consuming process to produce a competitive application which builds in all necessary arguments and justification. You will also need to work as a supervisor-fellow team to ensure that you make the case for your fellowship provide opportunities for two-way transfer of knowledge.

Changes made to the main proposal document (B1) since the 2019 call are minimal; this is unsurprising given that Horizon 2020 is now in its final year. These entail more specific guidance on how the Gantt chart in Section 3.1 should be structured and presented. Specifically, applicants are now required to included detail on their Gantt chart of dissemination, communication and exploitation planning and activities. This can be achieved by either including a specific work package for these activities or embedding them within other work packages.

GRANTCRAFT'S SUPPORT OPTIONS

The MSCA IF is an extremely competitive funding call. In 2019 there were 9875 applications[2]; of these just under 1500 were successful[3] - a success rate of 15%. These are complex proposals to write well, requiring a multitude of inter-related arguments and justifications. GrantCraft offer a range of services to universities and individuals to assist in the development of strong applications. These are outlined below.

WORKSHOPS AND ONLINE TRAINING

GrantCraft has a wealth of experience in delivering bespoke workshops specific to the MSCA IF. Given the current Covid-19 situation, we have adopted this service to online training provision.

PERSONALISED PROPOSAL WRITING SUPPORT

GrantCraft provides a personalised service, supporting the development of MSCA IF applications. We will guide and support you through the development of your proposal as you deliver, refine and extend key messages whilst building the document. We will show you how to optimise the structure of the proposal and integrate all the required arguments, justifications and details to make your application as competitive as possible.

CONNECTING FELLOWS AND SUPERVISORS

The current COVID-19 situation has stifled networking opportunities across Europe that would typically result in collaborations leading to MSCA-IF applications. In answer, GrantCraft will offer a service to connect potential fellows with supervisors, using our extensive network of connections with academic institutions across the UK and Europe.

This service will be free of charge for potential fellows, however due to the competitive nature of the MSCA IF we will only be able to connect those who fulfil specific criteria. Namely an exceptional academic CV and a research area that complements an academic from our pool of potential supervisors. If you are interested in this service please send your academic CV and a short (under 200 word) description of your research area to enquiries@wrgeurope.co.uk.

If you are interested in any of the services described in this article or would like further information, please Contact Us.


REFERENCES

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf

[2] https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/new-record-marie-sklodowska-curie-individual-fellowships-call-2019-sep-12_en

[3] https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/news/cofund-results-2020_en