08 Oct 2019
The Guild publishes position paper on MSCA in Horizon Europe
The Guild of European Research-intensive Universities has published a position paper providing feedback feedback on the proposed changes for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in Horizon Europe. The association welcomes the continuity for the MSCA instruments and calls for more funds for these instruments in order to respond to their growing popularity, and to support all the excellent proposals submitted to them.
In response to the European Commission's proposals for improving MSCA under Horizon Europe, The Guild makes the following recommendations:
- Maintain MSC Doctorates and MSC Postdocs as the main focus of the programme, as these schemes have the biggest impact on the development of research talent;
- In MSC Postdocs, favour the limitation of eligibility to PhD holders or applicants with an equivalent degree over the introduction of an eligibility criterion based on the scientific age of researchers;
- Continue MSCA Widening Fellowships in Horizon Europe. Other options being considered as alternatives to the Widening Fellowships scheme, should complement rather than replace the current Widening Fellowships.
The Guild also lays down proposals to foster synergies between MSCA and other EU programmes and actions and to support the development of Open Science skills in MSCA fellows.