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Marie Curie Individual Fellowship Call for 2020

About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Investing in innovative research is investing in the future. As one of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Actions (MSCA), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are Europe's investment in researchers and their development. 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships support researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality. The research fellowships help to fund career development opportunities for researchers working across all disciplines.

If you are a researcher looking to work in a dynamic learning environment and one of Europe’s leading institutes in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and innovation, an MSCA Fellowship at Tyndall may be for you. 

If you are an experienced Tyndall graduate looking to energise your career further, an MSCA Global Fellowship will offer you exciting new learning opportunities.

If you are a Tyndall Principal Investigator (PI) looking to add new expertise to your area, an MSCA Fellow can be recruited to your team from the EU and other parts of the world.

The core activity of an Individual Fellowship is a research development and training project, developed by the researcher in collaboration with their host organisation and supervisor, and designed to provide training through research.

  1. Opportunity to enhance your creative and innovative potential
  2. Develop additional core research skills and knowledge
  3. Experience other research environments and develop skills for other scientific disciplines through worldwide international and intersectoral mobility
  4. Access to advanced and innovative research training, career coaching, mentoring and guidance
  5. Participate in collaborative opportunities in the academic and non-academic sectors
  6. Grow transferable skills such as - entrepreneurship, management and financing of research activities and programmes, management of intellectual property rights, building collaborations, inter-sectoral or interdisciplinary knowledge transfer
  7. Enhanced success in future funding application as fellows are more successful in applying for European Research Council (ERC)’s competitive grants for high-quality research
  8. Career advancement as fellows achieve professorship titles more frequently than others and are more likely to hold principal investigator position
  9. Increased profile as Marie Curie Fellows’ publications are more-often cited than equivalent peers and are more frequently published on influential scientific journals
  10. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential and may have taken a recent break from their career.

You will find all information necessary to prepare and submit a proposal for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship on the call page of the Participant Portal.

The Participant Portal contains the essential guidelines to help you through the process of preparing and submitting a proposal. Proposals are submitted electronically via the Commission's Participants Portal - Electronic Proposal Submission Service (EPSS) before a strictly-enforced deadline.

Please contact the relevant EU Programmes Manager as early as possible to ensure you receive information about the supports available (budgeting, review services, tailored guidance). 

•    For Micro & Nano Systems PI’s and applicants contact Louise Burgoyne ( 

•    For Photonics PI’s and applicants contact Martin O’Connell ( 


The deadline for Individual Fellowship applications for this year is Wednesday September 9th, 2020 – 5pm CEST.

Experienced Researchers: those who have attained a doctoral degree or at least four years of research experience.

Nationality: Any

Mobility: The researcher must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work,studies) in the country of the host organization for more than 12 months in 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals.

General Mobility Rule: applicants cannot apply for a fellowship in a country where they have lived or carried out their main activity for >12 months in the 3 years before the call deadline (09/09/2020).

Relaxed Mobility Rule: applicants cannot apply for a fellowship in a country where they have lived or carried out their main activity for >36 months in the 5 years before the call deadline (09/09/2020).

Fellowships are to the value of €4,880 per month gross (depending on the host country), plus €600 mobility allowance and (if applicable) a €500 family allowance, as well as management and indirect costs (overheads).

Review the following documents to support you with your application -

•    Work Programme

•    Guidelines for Applicants

•    IUA MSCA Office

Guides for Applicants are revised each year, so please ensure you refer to the latest version before preparing your proposal.

Please note that anyone applying with Tyndall as host institution will need to identify a Supervisor to work with them on the proposal.

European Fellowships (12 - 24 months) provide an opportunity for researchers to work at a research organisation in Europe, with a view to acquiring new skills or working in new sectors. European Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world. There are four options to choose from:

•    Standard Fellowship - open to Experienced Researchers wishing to carry out a fellowship at a European host organisation (General Mobility Rule);

•    Career Restart Panel - a special Career Restart option for Experienced Researchers re-starting their research career at a European host organisation after being inactive in research for 12 months or more. (Relaxed Mobility Rule);

•    Reintegration Panel - a special Reintegration option for Experienced Researchers previously active in research in Europe who seek to return to carry out a fellowship at a European host organisation. (Relaxed Mobility Rule);

•    Society and Enterprise Panel - a special option for Experienced Researchers who wish to carry out a fellowship outside of academia, e.g., in a company or an NGO or a museum etc. (Relaxed Mobility Rule).

Global Fellowships (24 - 36 months) fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries. The researcher has to come back for one year to an organisation based in the EU or associated countries (General Mobility Rule).


Applicants are strongly encouraged to incorporate a secondment to another organisation into their fellowship plans. Ideally this secondment should be to an organisation in another sector. For example, a researcher carrying out a fellowship at a university might consider a secondment in the public or private sector, a NGO, a museum or other appropriate organisation.

The Research Executive Agency (REA) evaluates all eligible proposals in order to identify those whose quality is sufficiently high for possible funding. The basis for this evaluation is a peer-review carried out by independent experts. The results will be made available on the call page of the Participant Portal.

REA then negotiates with some or all of those applicants whose proposals have successfully passed the evaluation stage, depending on the budget available. If negotiations are successfully concluded, grant agreements providing for an EU financial contribution are established with the participants.