12 April 2021

All Actions: Can the costs for carbon offsetting could be considered as eligible in the frame of a MSC actions?

Yes, the carbon offset fees can be covered under institutional  unit costs, taking into account the needs of the project, but should not come from the researcher allowances. 

06 April 2021

All actions: I cannot upload my deliverable on SyGMa due to a technical problem with the platform. What now?

In case you cannot upload a deliverable in due course because of a technical problem on the side of the SyGMa platform, it is best to send the deliverable by email to the project officer to prove it was ready at the correct point of time. Additionally, enquire with the SyGMa helpdesk for technical support. You will find a list of the EU helpdesks here

25 March 2021

ITN tuition fees: Who pays the tuition fees in an ITN?

Tuition fees for ESRs are not paid by the ESRs, as indicated in Art. 32 (j) of the Model Grant Agreement which ensures that 'the researchers do not have to bear any costs for the implementation of the action as desribed in Annex 1.' 

This clause applies to all FP7 and all H2020 projects. For Horizon Europe project this is expected to remain the same and will be specified in the Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement. 

02 March 2021

All Actions: Where do I find information about the UK's status in HorizonEurope?

 https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/research_and_innovation/strategy_on_research_and_innovation/documents/ec_rtd_uk-participation-in-horizon-europe.pdf

25 February 2021

IF: Who files a redress?

 For an individual fellowship, the coordinator and the fellow file the redress case. This is done via the link indicated the in the letter to the applicant by REA with the information about the outcome (evaluation results letter). This must be done within 30 days after receiving this letter. The overall process must be done within 4 months after this deadline, including the answer by the redress committee. 

Please take note that a redress case does not automatically lead to a re-evaluation, and even in the case of a re-evaluation, it doesn't automatically mean a higher score. If there should be a higher score, this still does not mean an automatic funding! 

26 May 2020

ITN: If an ITN supervisor is moving from an institution in country A to another institution in country B, taking the ITN "with him" (so change of beneficiary), what happens with the country correction coefficient for the ESRs that go with him?

A scientist in charge is moving from one institution to another and there may be a request of termination of one beneficiary and transfer of person-months to another beneficiary of the consortium or a new beneficiary. After the request is discussed and approved by REA, the Person Months (PMs) can be transferred and the country correction coefficient will be the one of the beneficiary where the PMs will be transferred. The total EU contribution cannot be increased in case the coefficient is higher, there may be the need to transfer less PMs in this case.

 (Answer from MSCA ITN HELPDESK Team)


28 April 2020

IF: Due to the COVID-19 containment measures, I went back home to isolate myself with my family, however I continue to pay the rent abroad and retained my employment with the institute abroad. I would like to apply for the IF call, but I am not sure how this time now is counted for the mobility rule.

If the researcher has kept a residence abroad and continues working for the institution abroad, we can consider that the place of residence and the place of main activity are still abroad, even if the researcher had to spend time in the country of the host institution (for coronavirus isolation related reasons) during the 3 years period prior to the call deadline.

18 April 2020

Where can I find MSCA specific information and FAQ related to the COVID-19 crisis?


A list of specific FAQs related to COVID-19 outbreak and MSCA projects have been published on the Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/support/faq;type=1;categories=;programme=H2020;actions=;keyword=COVID-19%20outbreak

In addition, a  page has been created on the MSCA website with related information for the MSCA Community: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/resources/corona-information-MSCA_en


20 March 2020

All Actions: I can’t travel anymore due to the Coronavirus epidemic. What does this mean for my MSCA project?

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus in Europe and elsewhere may have implications for the implementation of your MSCA project. This may concern the regular mobility activities of fellows and other project staff as well as the participation of individuals in meetings and events organised by beneficiaries in the framework of MSCA projects.

It is for the participating organisations and individuals to decide on the course of action to take in the light of national travel advice and repatriation schemes. We advise you to follow the travel advice provided by your national authorities and, if needed, to cancel or postpone all non-essential travels.

There may be circumstances in which the current situation prevents the fulfilment of an obligation laid down in the grant agreement. If such cases are reported, the Research Executive Agency will adopt a flexible approach and may apply the rules on force majeure foreseen in the grant agreement, if duly justified. Projects could also be exceptionally extended, if necessary.

Please note that we will assess the circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please liaise with your Project Officer in case you need support.

(Communication by REA on 6 March 2020)