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Developing talents, advancing research


10 Feb 2022

MSCA COFUND supports new or existing doctoral programmes and postdoctoral fellowship schemes. This action is now CLOSED.

The aim of the action is to spread the best practices of the MSCA including international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as international and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.

Proposed programmes can cover any research disciplines ("bottom-up"), but exceptionally, can also focus on specific disciplines. Notably, this focus can apply when the programmes are based on national or regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation ("RIS3" strategies).

In this case, the range of covered disciplines should allow reasonable flexibility for the researchers to define their topic. Funding synergies with Cohesion policy funds and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) are strongly encouraged.

Career development plan

Upon recruitment, a Career Development Plan must be jointly established by the supervisor and each recruited researcher.

In addition to research objectives, this plan is comprised of the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, teaching, planning for publications and participation in conferences and events aimed at opening science and research to citizens.

The plan must be established at the beginning of the recruitment and should be revised (and updated where needed) within 18 months.

COFUND takes the form of Doctoral Programmes or Postdoctoral Programmes.

Indicative timeline

  • 12 October 2021: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 10 February 2022: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • July 2022: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)
  • October 2022: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)
  • October 2022: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)
  • Beginning 2023: Coordinators’ Day organised by the European Research Executive Agency (TBC)

Indicative budget

89 EUR 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, follow the link to the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Published:  15 Nov 2021