Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) supports researchers at all stages of their career and across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to 'blue-sky' science. In addition, the MSCA also support researchers interested in working with industry through industrial doctorates schemes and staff exchange programmes. Researchers can also opt for funding aimed to enhance their experience abroad in another research institution.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF) covers a wide range of fields, from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services. Funding duration is of 12-24 months. The postdoctoral researcher must submit the proposal, supported by the host supervisor and RSSD.

MSCA-IF eligibility criteria:
  • the candidate may be of any nationality
  • the candidate must be, at the date of the call deadline, in possession of a doctoral degree or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience
  • the candidate cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (Malta) for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline
  • only one proposal per candidate may be submitted to IF call.
For widening countries, like Malta, there is an added opportunity, the Widening Fellowships. Must fulfill all the admissibility and eligibility conditions of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship and pass all the thresholds for that call.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Individual Fellowship and Widening Fellowship deadline is in September.

Researchers interested in establishing joint doctoral projects should consider the Innovative Training Networks (ITN). Joint programmes can be set up with other universities, companies and other research institutes. Duration of programmes is four years.
  • European Training Networks (ETN) targets joint research training between at least three partners from in and outside academia located in at least three different EU or associated countries. Any organisation anywhere in the world can also join the program.
  • European Industrial Doctorates (EID) targets joint doctoral training between university and at least one m industrial partner. Students are allowed to share both facilities and spent 50% of their time in each location. Both partners should be established in at least two different EU or associated countries. In addition, partners outside the EU can also participate in the training programme.
  • European Joint Doctorates (EJD) targets joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees from a minimum of three academic organisations. Any organisation in EU or associated countries can take part in the programme.
Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) provides funding support short-term exchange between researchers interested in gaining experience in a different research institute, university or company located in a different country worldwide. The duration of the stay can range from 1 to 12 months. Researchers must engage in research and innovation projects for at least 6 months prior to the placement. Then, they have to return and pass on their knowledge to their peers at the University of Malta.