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The European Union focuses great part of its research and innovation activities into the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (H2020), active during the 2014-2020 period. This programme builds on three key pillars: addressing the main societal challenges, promoting industrial leadership in Europe and strengthening scientific excellence.
In order to achieve this Excellent Science in Europe and to ensure a constant flow of high-quality research, the European Union strives to support the best ideas and develop talent in Europe. It also aims to ensure that all researchers have access to priority research infrastructures.
The main objectives of the Excellent Science in Horizon 2020 are summarized as follows:
WHAT ARE THE MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS (MSCA)?
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are grants awarded for all stages of the researchers’ career, either for doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers, and that promote international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. MSCAs allow research organizations (universities, research centres and companies) to host talented researchers from abroad and create strategic partnerships with leading institutions around the world.
The aim of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions is to equip researchers with the necessary skills and international experience for a successful career, either in the public or the private sector. The program responds to the challenges that often researchers are facing, offering attractive working conditions and the opportunity to move between academic and other environments.
The MSCA are summarized in three key points:
There exist four types of calls to participate in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions:
Bioazul has specialized in the preparation of proposals and management of MSCA projects in its Innovative Traning Networks (ITN) modality. Bioazul also participates as an associated company in the INEXTVIR project.
ITN – INNOVATIVE TRAINING NETWORKS
The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train, through an international network of public and private centres, a new generation of creative and innovative researchers, capable of transforming knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefits for the European Union.
In addition, ITNs seek to increase excellence and structure research and doctoral training, expanding the traditional academic research training environment and equipping researchers with the right combination of transferable and research-related skills.
This action is intended to hire young researchers (Early Stage Researchers – ESR: researchers who have not obtained a doctoral degree and are in their first 4 years of full-time research experience).
ITN calls are divided into three different modes:
This is the main criteria to distinguish between the three types of ITN calls:
The evaluation criteria for MSCA – ITN proposals is divided into 3 sections:
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