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)

07 February 2020

IF: I would like to know what was the cut-off score for funding in the last MSCA-IF call. Is this information available?

You can find the cut off score for funding under 'additional documents' on the call website of the Funding and Tenders Portal. This document also contain the numbers of eligible proposals evaluated in each panel and the cumulative precentage of proposals above a certain score. For the IF-2019 call you find the document here.

10 January 2020

IF: In the Guide for Applicants it is described that "unused amounts may be used for other action-related purposes (e.g. to increase the salary of a researcher [...])". Can this be agreed a priori with the host institution and become immediately part of the salary, or is this something that can happen only at the end of the period, provided that the money has not been previously spent?

There is not prescription concerning the period or the modalities of use of the institutional costs unused amounts.
The researcher salary can be increased using this cost category provided these costs are not needed for the research and training activities. The researcher must also agree on the payment modalities.

22 November 2019

ITN: An ITN project is close to the end and has unused amount from the Institutional Costs category. How should they use the money? Do they need to return it?

The use of institutional costs should help the consortium implement the action by covering all research expenses, training and networking activities foreseen in the Description of Action for the benefit of the recruited researchers. In order to achieve the said objectives and whenever there is unusued budget from this category, there is some flexibility as regards its use (redistributions of institutional costs within the consortium are allowed, unused amounts can be used to increase the salary of a researcher or organize additional trainings, etc.).

15 November 2019

NIGHT: Can one organisation be included as a partner in two separate applications? How much can project ideas be related one to another?

An institution could be part of several proposals and projects. The projects must be entirely separate and not refer to one another.

16 September 2019

All Actions: Can someone evaluate MSCA proposals in the same year he/she supports a MSCA application?

No. If you are invovled in the preparation of a proposal to the same call (even only proof reading) you cannot take part in the evaluation.

IF: Can someone be a supervisor for two or more IF applicants in the same call?

Yes, a supervisor can be invovled in more than one proposal.

19 July 2019

IF: Is it possible to have two different Partner Organisations in two different Third Countries during the outgoing phase of a Global Fellowship?

It is not possible to have two different TC partner organisations for the outgoing phase in a GF. It can only be one distinct organisation/country. 
It is possible to spend some time elsewhere on secondment(s), but this is limited to a maximum of six months, and they can only take place in Member States or Associated Countries (not in TC). 

07 June 2019

ITN: Is it allowed to hire a consultancy firm for (parts of) the coordination activities in an ITN? This firm is not mentioned in the proposal and is not included as partner in the consortium either.

Based on the art. 41.2 of the Grant Agreement the Coordinator can delegate an ‘authorisation to administer’ to a third party if the coordinator is an academic institution (secondary or higher education establishment or public body)  and 
(v) ensures that all payments are made to the other beneficiaries without unjustified delay (see Article 21); 
(vi) informs the Agency of the amounts paid to each beneficiary, when required under the Agreement (see Articles 44 and 50) or requested by the Agency. 

For additional information, the Coordinator should inform and discuss directly with the Project Officer.