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MSCA Doctoral Networks 2021

16 Nov 2021

MSCA Doctoral Networks will implement doctoral programmes, by partnerships of universities, research institutions and research infrastructures, businesses including SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond.

MSCA Doctoral Networks are indeed open to the participation of organisations from third countries, in view of fostering strategic international partnerships for the training and exchange of researchers.

Follow the link to learn more about MSCA Doctoral Networks.

These doctoral programmes will respond to well-identified needs in various R&I areas, expose the researchers to the academic and non-academic sectors, and offer training in research-related, as well as transferable skills and competences relevant for innovation and long-term employability (e.g. entrepreneurship, commercialisation of results, Intellectual Property Rights, communication).

Proposals for doctoral networks can reflect existing or planned research partnerships among the participating organisations.

The selection procedure for doctoral candidates must be open, transparent and merit-based, in line with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The vacancy notice (to be widely advertised internationally, including on the EURAXESS website) must include the gross salary (not including employer’s social contributions) offered to the researcher.

MSCA Doctoral Networks are encouraged to lead to Industrial or Joint Doctorates.

Indicative timeline

  • 22 June 2021: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 16 November 2021: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • April 2022: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)
  • July 2022: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)
  • August 2022: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)
  • Autumn 2022: Coordinators’ Day organised by the European Research Executive Agency (TBC)

Indicative budget

EUR 402.95 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:  22 Jun 2021