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Published:  14 Feb 2023

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions award €257 million to postdoctoral fellows in 2022

1,235 experienced post-doctoral researchers were selected for funding among 7,044 applicants.

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The European Commission will award €257 million to 1,235 post-doctoral researchers to work at top universities, research centres, private and public organisation and small and medium-sized enterprises.

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) received 7,044 applications for this call, 17.5% of which were selected for funding.

The Commission will award

  • €218.5 million to 1,093 researchers through European Postdoctoral Fellowships, allowing them to carry out their projects in the EU or countries associated to Horizon Europe
  • €38.5 million for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships, allowing 142 researchers to carry out research outside the EU or countries associated to Horizon Europe, mostly in the United States, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, before returning back to Europe

Female applicants represent 43% of the awardees. Selected applicants represent nearly 80 nationalities and will work across 48 countries in Europe and the rest of the world.

The projects selected span all scientific disciplines

  • social sciences and humanities (24.5%)
  • life sciences (21.3%)
  • information sciences and engineering (13.9%)
  • chemistry (13.8%)
  • physics (11.6%)
  • environment and geosciences (10.9%)
  • mathematics (2.2%)
  • economic sciences (1.9%)

Among successful applicants, two postdoctoral fellows have been selected in the field of nuclear research as part of the cooperation between MSCA and the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025.

An overview of the evaluation results, cut-off scores and statistics has been published on the page of the call MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 on the Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal.

Once grant agreements are finalised, the complete list of funded projects will be published on the same page and on CORDIS.

Next steps for successful applicants

Host organisations and individual applicants have received letters informing them of the outcome of the selection. They should be able to access the results of the evaluation on their personal space of the Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal.

The letter contains all the instructions about the next steps to prepare the grant agreement with the European Research Executive Agency (REA). The first projects will start at the earliest in April 2023.

Successful applicants with a host organisation based in a country in the process of associating to Horizon Europe will not be eligible if the association agreement does not apply by the time of the signature of the grant agreement. The signatures of the grant agreements in this call are expected by 17 May at the latest.

1,034 projects are on the reserve list and may be contacted after the latter date if funding is available.

MSCA Seal of Excellence recipients

Applicants with an evaluation score equal or above 85%, but whose proposal could not be funded due to insufficient budget, will be awarded an MSCA Seal of Excellence to support them in securing alternative funding from national or regional authorities.

The certificates will be awarded towards the end of March 2023. Awardees will receive a notification in the Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal. Once available, the Seal of Excellence certificate can be downloaded from the “Process documents” section.

We advise recipients to consult the list of available support at national/regional level for MSCA Seal of Excellence holders. MSCA National Contact Points in your host country can also help finding alternative funding sources.

ERA fellowships

58 additional fellowships will go to excellent researchers in low research and innovation performing countries in the European Union and associated countries (“Widening Countries”) under the ERA Fellowships, mostly in Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovenia, and Greece.

Selected applicants receive the results of the ERA Fellowships call together with the letter informing them of the results of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships. The letters provide detailed instructions on the next steps for the preparation of the grant agreement with the European Research Executive Agency (REA).

Applicants should be able to access the results of the evaluation by accessing their personal space on the Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal.

Next funding round coming soon

The next call for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships will open on 12 April 2023.

You will find more information under how to apply.

Published:  14 Feb 2023