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.
If you have any question regarding the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, you can contact us at:
UK Research Office (UKRO)
Tel: +32 2 230 0318
At present, the status of the UK in the EU and therefore also in Horizon 2020 remains unchanged. For updates relating to the implications of Brexit, please consult the UKRO Brexit FAQs.
Seal of Excellence
The European Commission has awarded 2,300 applicants to the 2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) with the Seal of Excellence. The Seal of Excellence is for 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.
The UK MSCA National Contact Point is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.