COFUND funds regional, national and international programmes for training and career development, through co-funding mechanisms.

Who should apply

A single legal entity in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country can apply. Additional partners can be included in the project.

The types of organisations COFUND may work with include:

  • government entities
  • regional authorities
  • funding agencies
  • universities
  • research organisations
  • enterprises

How it works

COFUND provides funding for regional, national and international programmes for training and career development, through co-funding mechanisms. It spreads the MSCA’s best practices by promoting high standards and excellent working conditions. COFUND promotes sustainable training and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.

What is funded

There are two types of COFUND:

  • doctoral programmes
  • postdoctoral programmes

They offer research training and career development.

How we can support you

We are the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for MSCA. You can email for free information and advice.

You can attend our regular free events about MSCA calls. Every event is recorded, so you can catch up on the recordings too.

Additional support for UKRO subscribers

If your organisation subscribes to UKRO, we can provide additional support. Check if your organisation is a subscriber.

While we cannot read proposals and comment on them directly, we do have resources to help with proposal writing. Your UKRO European Advisor is available to advise on general questions about proposals.

Next steps

  1. Find out if you are eligible to apply; read about this scheme and what the funding covers by visiting the MSCA website.
  2. Read about the financial support available in the current Work Programme to see if this is right for you.
  3. Apply on the Funding & Tenders Portal.
    If you do not already have an account, you need to register on the portal.
    If you or a partner organisation need a Participant Identification Code (PIC), register for one at the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Current job opportunities

Candidates wishing to apply for PhD or postdoctoral fellowships under COFUND should consult open vacancies advertised internationally, including on the EURAXESS portal.

There are strict eligibility requirements for these positions, which you can read more about on the MSCA website.

Last updated: 1 March 2024

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