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?

From what we understand: 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)

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.