Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions UK National Contact Point
The UK National Contact Point (NCP) provides information and advice relating to participation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).
These actions are implemented through the 'Excellence' Pillar of the Horizon 2020 Programme, and provide funding opportunities for mobility and training at all stages of a researcher's career. They also seek to promote research as a career and help create a market for researchers within the European Research Area (ERA). There are schemes for individuals to apply directly for funding, and schemes for organisations to apply for funding. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are bottom-up and open to all sectors, with the applicant deciding the research area of their project.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) National Contact Point
Due to remote working restrictions, UKRO has to temporarily close the phone-lines for the MSCA National Contact Points (NCP). The Helpdesks will continue to operate a full service as usual via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have any question regarding the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you would like to speak to us, we also offer online meetings which we can arrange with our video conference software. You can request this through the e-mail addresses above, and we will endeavour to make arrangements to support these requests.
The UK MSCA National Contact Point is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Follow us at @_UKRO_.
Eligibility of UK applicants
The European Commission has published Questions & Answers on the UK's participation in Horizon Europe which states that "UK applicants are treated as if the UK is an associated country throughout the process, from admissibility and eligibility to evaluation, up until the signature of grant agreements. However, grant agreements can only be signed once the association has come into force."
The Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, that are financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure (i.e. for the lifetime of grants). UK participants will continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects, including projects finishing after the transition period ends at the end of 2020. UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in and lead Horizon 2020 projects and apply for Horizon 2020 grant funding.
This status is confirmed by the European Commission on the official website of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
COVID-19: Implications for your MSCA project
The Research Executive Agency (REA) recognise that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Europe and elsewhere may have a number of implications for the implementation of your Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) project. Grantees and Fellows are advised to follow the travel advice provided by national authorities and to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel where possible. Projects will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and grantees and Fellows should speak to their Project Officer if they require support, or will be impacted in anyway by the recent outbreak and containment measures. REA will adopt a flexible approach towards projects which are unable to meet grant agreement obligations, such as applying the rules on force majeure, or extending the duration of projects.
The Commission has published a set of useful FAQs on its Funding & Tenders Portal to help beneficiaries manage their projects.
UKRO COVID-19 Resource Pages (Subscriber access required)
UKRO has developed a new section on the Portal to help subscribers find the latest announcements and advice on the COVID-19 outbreak. The new page provides a useful overview of the main messages from the European Commission and other important information and will be updated regularly.
If you have any specific questions about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on your project, please, contact the MSCA NCP directly.
Seal of Excellence
The Seal of Excellence is for MSCA Individual Fellowships applicants that received a score of 85% or more, but did not receive funding due to the level of competition in relation to fund available, to recognise the high quality of their proposal. Recipients of the Seal are welcome to use it to further develop their careers and to support their search for alternative funding. Note that the UK has no plans to introduce a specific funding scheme for recipients of the Seal of Excellence.
Both the proposed Fellow and host organisation should receive an email notifying them that they have been awarded the Seal, which will be available through the Participant Portal. Further information on the Seal can be found on the Seal of Excellence website, including country specific information.