Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

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The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund excellent research and innovation and equip researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge and skills, through mobility across borders and exposure to different sectors and disciplines. The MSCA help build Europe’s capacity for research and innovation by investing in the long-term careers of excellent researchers.

The MSCA also fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programmes and collaborative research projects worldwide. By doing so, they achieve a structuring impact on higher education institutions, research centres and non-academic organisations.

The MSCA promote excellence and set standards for high-quality researcher education and training in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

The principles underlying the programme are


  • The MSCA support excellent researchers. They also foster excellence in research and innovation collaborations, knowledge transfer, methodologies and content, as well as in training, supervision and career guidance.


  • The MSCA support the mobility of researchers between countries, sectors and disciplines to acquire new knowledge, skills and competences.

Bottom-up and open to the world

  • The MSCA are open to all domains of research and innovation and encourage international cooperation to set-up strategic collaborations.

Excellent recruitment, working conditions and inclusiveness

Effective supervision and career guidance

  • The MSCA promote effective supervision and adequate mentoring and career guidance. This contributes to creating a supportive environment for the researchers to work. The Guidelines for MSCA Supervision provide recommendations in this regard.

Open science and responsible research and innovation

  • The MSCA support Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation.

European Green Deal

  • The MSCA support bottom-up and frontier/applied research supporting the European Green Deal and tackling climate and environmental-related challenges. The MSCA Green Charter provides recommendations in this regard.


European Union
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European and international organizations : European organizations and programs

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