MSCA Staff Exchanges

The Staff Exchanges (SE) fund short-term international and inter-sectoral exchanges of staff members involved in research and innovation activities of participating organisations.

The aim is to develop sustainable collaborative projects between different organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe and beyond.

Exchanged staff benefit from new knowledge, skills and career development perspectives, while participating organisations increase their research and innovation capacities.

Who should apply

Staff Exchanges are open to:

  • international consortia of universities
  • research institutions
  • businesses
  • SMEs
  • other non-academic organisations.

How it works

Staff Exchanges fund the staff member secondments between the project partners. Lasting between one and 12 months, the secondments can be international, intersectoral or interdisciplinary.

Staff members can be researchers at any career stage (including PhD candidates) as well as administrative, technical or managerial staff involved in R&I activities. The specific eligibility criteria is outlined in the MSCA Work Programme.

What is funded

MSCA Staff Exchanges provide a top-up allowance (for travel, accommodation and subsistence costs) for the seconded staff member.

They also provide a contribution to research, training and networking costs, as well as the overall management of the project. The full MSCA contribution is listed in the MSCA Work Programme.

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.

Last updated: 1 March 2024

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