The CSIC ranks first at the IF MSCA Call 2019

The European Union will fund in this edition around 1,500 researchers specialised in several disciplines with 296 million euros

The CSIC obtains 32 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions to study the microbiota, galaxies and heritage.

Madrid, Monday 2 April 2020

Postdoctoral scientists at the CSIC will study the transfer microbes from mother to neonate, galaxies through big data and Andean heritage landscapes, among other areas

The European Union will fund in this edition around 1,500 researchers specialised in several disciplines with 296 million euros

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) obtained 32 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF) in the 2019 call, the highest number to date for the organisation, positioning itself as the first recipient of these grants at a national level. These actions, included in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, aim to support postdoctoral researchers in individual projects and promote their international and intersectoral mobility. In this edition, the Research Executive Agency (REA) will fund around 1,500 researchers specialised in a wide range of disciplines with 296 million euros.


Among the scientists who will be hosted by the CSIC, approximately half are Spaniards who carry out their research abroad, while the rest come mostly from other European countries. During their stay at the institution, they will carry out research ranging from the study of the transfer of the microbiota from mother to child, to artificial intelligence methods for underwater target tracking, the study of galaxy clusters through big data, the analysis of catalytic processes activated by light and heat, and the Andean heritage landscapes, among others.


Regarding the number of aids granted, at the European level, Spain is the second country, after the United Kingdom, and at the national level, the CSIC holds the first place. Compared to the number of grants awarded to its European counterparts, the CSIC ranks fifth, behind the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-CNRS (France), the University of Cambridge and the Oxford University (UK).

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


The MSCA, which are convened annually, are aimed at researchers from all over the world who hold a doctorate degree or have at least four years of experience and who have not spent more than 12 months in the last three years in the country of the host institution.


These grants aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers through individual projects and international and intersectoral mobility both in universities, research centres and companies in Europe and outside the continent.


The MSCA have two modalities. On the one hand, the European Fellowships, which are actions aimed at promoting mobility between European countries and third countries towards Europe. In this case, the funding of the research projects is carried out for a maximum of two years. On the other hand, the Global Fellowships, fund research projects for a maximum of three years. Throughout this period, scientists must spend one or two years outside Europe and a return period of at least 12 months in a European country.


The CSIC’s Vice-presidency for International Relations gives support to researchers who submit their proposals with the institution through face-to-face training sessions, webinars, resolution of queries and review of candidates’ proposals.


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CSIC Comunication Department