15 Nov 2021
EU celebrates 25th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Conference organised under the Slovenian Council Presidency on 15 November 2021 celebrates tge 25th anniversary of the actions dedicated to fostering balanced mobility flows of researchers in Europe. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel delivered a keynote speech at the conference, saying that "Inspired by the remarkable European scientists, the MSCA have become the reference programme for supporting researchers' training and career development and for funding excellent doctoral programmes not only in Europe but also worldwide.”
The MSCA were set up in 1996 to support research and innovation by funding excellent researchers at all stages of their careers – from doctoral candidates to highly experienced researchers – while encouraging their mobility between countries, sectors and disciplines. In this period the programme has supported over 145,000 researchers worldwide, including 12 Nobel laureates and an Oscar winner. In the last 7 years alone, the MSCA have funded over 1,100 doctoral programmes and involved over 4,500 companies from all over the world, including 2,100 SMEs. Under Horizon Europe, the MSCA will continue to strengthen the cooperation with the non-academic sector, foster research and innovation beyond academia and build international and strategic partnerships.
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