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European Researchers' Night and Researchers at Schools 2024-2025

25 Oct 2023

MSCA and Citizens aims to bring research and researchers closer to the public at large, to increase awareness of research and innovation activities and to boost public recognition of science and research education. It will show the role of the researcher for the society and economy, as well as the impact of researchers’ work on citizens’ daily lives. It also aims to raise the interest of young people in research and scientific careers.

MSCA and Citizens will address the general public, attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a specific focus on families, pupils, students, and notably those who do not have easy access to, and thus are less inclined to engage in, STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) or research activities. Inclusiveness should be key, in view of broadening access to science and research to all.

MSCA and Citizens should also promote gender balance and inclusiveness in science, Open Science, and Responsible Research and Innovation.

These objectives will be pursued through the organisation of the European Researchers’ Night and the implementation of the Researchers at Schools initiative.

The European Researchers’ Night is the largest research communication and promotion event taking place across EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries.

The Researchers at Schools initiative aims to strengthen the connection between research and education, by bringing researchers to schools and other pedagogical and educational centres to encourage interaction with pupils at all levels of primary and secondary education. Researchers and pupils will meet to talk about current and future challenges of our societies and the related key role of research. Pupils will learn directly about research projects and activities addressing the EU priorities and main orientations.

Indicative timeline

  • 20 June 2023: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 25 October 2023: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • February-March 2024: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)
  • March-April 2024: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)
  • April 2024: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)

Indicative budget

EUR 15.42 million

How to apply

Learn about the next steps to apply for funding under this call

Full call details

For full details of this call, visit the call page on the EU Funding & Tenders portal 

Tagged in:  MSCA & Citizens
Published:  6 Dec 2022