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EUR 96.2m to co-fund doctoral, postdoctoral programmes

18 June 2024, 22:56 CET
EUR 96.2m to co-fund doctoral, postdoctoral programmes

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(BRUSSELS) - The EU Commission announced Tuesday the results of the 2023 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) call for the co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND).

Part of the EU's Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation, EUR 96.2 million will co-finance 12 doctoral training programmes and 15 post-doctoral fellowship programmes and will employ around 800 excellent researchers.

The selected projects span various scientific disciplines, from improving and adapting the EU's agrifood technology sector to the effects of climate change and promoting an ethical, human-centric and sustainable use of artificial intelligence.

"Europe must nurture top talent in order to keep its competitive edge in research and innovation," said Innovation Commissioner Iliana Ivanova: "Through the COFUND scheme of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, researchers receive high-quality training, supervision and career development opportunities. Moreover, they get the chance to work in renowned academic and non-academic organisations across Europe and worldwide."

Since 2014, the MSCA have supported 300 COFUND projects, including those funded under this call. COFUND helps organisations create or enhance their own training and fellowship programmes with the goal of increasing their attractiveness and research and innovation capacities. This will in turn contribute to foster innovation exchange and attract global talent.

The Commission co-funds a significant share of these programme's costs, which institutions need to top up with their own funding sources. More information is available here. The 2024 call for the scheme is open and will close on 26 September.

The selected projects are coordinated by organisations in 13 countries:

  • Spain and France: 6 projects each
  • Ireland: 3 projects
  • Finland and Denmark: 2 projects each
  • Czechia, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Türkiye: 1 each

COFUND - co-funding of regional, national and international programmes

2024 call for the scheme

Horizon Europe

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