01 June 2022

RISE: Can secondment start from a point other than the host country?

This can be solved by ‘following institutional practices’. There are no specific rules about these situations, so the organisations should just follow their normal practice. If they allow starting a non-RISE secondment from another location, then it should be fine. For example, when it can be proved that the trip would not be more expensive.

ITN: Where can fellows share their work with society? What other platforms, events, etc. (besides the European Researchers’ Night) are there for MSCA fellows?

Fellows can look for the following opportunities:

The host organisation's PR services, including social media channels.

Science weeks, science fairs, open-schools, etc. organised in their city/ region.

The European Science Engagement Association.

• The Falling Walls Lab.

The Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA offers talks on public engagement and semi-citizen/ semi-peer targeted outreach sessions at their events.

Apply at ESOF – EuroScience.

IF: When terminating the fellowship, you need to specify two dates – one for the last working day of the fellow and another which is the official termination date, which can be different. Would it be possible for the ‘last working day of the fellow’ to be in the past?

The ‘last working day of the fellow’ is the official day when the contract of the fellow ends, as this would indicate the latest eligible date of the unit costs. The ‘official termination date’ can be later, as there needs to be time to deliver reports, etc.

03 May 2022

ITN/ IF: A recruited ESR will move from a third country to the beneficiary in Europe. Can this travel cost be paid with the Research, Training and Networking unit costs?

The general principle is that the mobility allowance is spent on costs related to the ESR’s mobility (e.g. relating to travel and accommodation). This allowance covers private costs of the researchers.

The Research, Training and Networking costs are spent on travels in connection with the project (professional costs).

Additionally, the EC has suggested that possible visa costs can be taken from the RTN costs as well.

You can find some guidance in the AMGA, p. 455 and 461.

IF: A fellow received a permanent position elsewhere and will not do the fellowship after all. What does the host organisation have to do?

The host institution should go for termination of the action. Termination of the action is described in article 50 of the MGA.


IF: Can professional fees (e.g. registering with a professional society) be claimed from the RTN budget?

The fellow can indeed claim such costs under the RTN budget.

Fellows should discuss such matters with their supervisors and with the host representatives as to ensure an eventual extra cost would not jeopardize the already planned activities (trainings, career development, networking events, etc.).

IF: A fellow completing a Global Fellowship needs to renew their visa for the US. The embassy requires an original statement by the entity that offers the fellowship that they have no objections. Do EC/ REA usually provide such statements?

The EC cannot do that, because it never had any contract with the researcher, only with the institution that hired the researcher. And this recruitment is based on the grant agreement – once it ends, there is no more legal connection between the EC and the institution.

17 March 2022

IF: Into which category do patent costs fall in?

Patent filing fees should be covered by institutional unit cost B1 (Research, Training and Networking Costs) as those costs are related to project implementation/ results.

In some cases, as patents are final results (mainly at the end of the project or even when the project is finished) many institutions use B2 (Management and Indirect Costs) because the B1 category was totally spent during the project implementation.

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