Who the MSCA Programme is Aimed At
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme aims to stimulate excellence in the training of researchers through an international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary perspective essential for their career development while guaranteeing them good working conditions. The programme funds the implementation of training projects in and through research, including a great deal of mobility between countries and sectors, on an individual or collective basis.
These actions are open to all researchers, regardless of nationality, and to all scientific disciplines.
The University of Rennes regularly obtains funding for such projects, and two in particular: individual fellowships (MSCA-IF) and Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN).
MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF)
These scholarships are aimed at early career researchers (with a PhD degree or at least four years of research experience) who wish to develop new knowledge and/or skills. Eligibility for these fellowships is also conditional on the MSCA mobility criterion of having spent less than one year in the last three years in the host country. Successful researchers benefit from a 12 to 24 month mobility scheme in Europe or abroad to implement a freely defined personal research project.
Mobility can take place in two ways:
- in a European institution (Member States and associated countries) as part of a European Fellowship (EF)
- in a third country, with a compulsory return phase of 12 months in a Member State or associated country, under a Global Fellowship (GF)
These grants cover the researcher's full salary (including all charges) as well as a mobility allowance and a fixed amount for research and training activities.
Since 2014, the University of Rennes has signed the hosting of ten MSCA EF fellowships and one MSCA GF.
MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
These networks are aimed at the emergence of a new generation of creative and enterprising researchers in cutting-edge fields. The doctoral students recruited as part of these projects contribute to developing a collaborative research and innovation project, receive training and carry out intersectoral and international mobility which allows them to acquire high-level scientific skills.
These four-year projects lead to the recruitment of between 2 and 15 PhD students and can be carried out in three ways, depending on how the partnership is structured and the involvement of the private sector:
- European Training Networks (ETN): multi-partner doctoral training networks
- European Industrial Doctorates (EID): industrial doctorate
- European Joint Doctorates (EJD): European integrated doctoral programme
The funding of doctoral students covers their full salary (including all charges) as well as a mobility allowance and a flat rate for research and training activities.
Since 2014, the university has been coordinating two ITN projects and participating in three other projects. It is hosting seven PhD students within this framework.
The Plateforme projets européens (2PE) – Bretagne raises awareness and provides support to all potential applicants from the University of Rennes in submitting their applications.
Designing a versatile electrochemical platform to probe membrane proteins from electroactive bacteria
Projet ITN SUBITOP
SUBITOP: a European project training 15 PhD students in Geodynamics, Geophysics, Geology and Geomorphology
Projet ITN S2S Future
Geosciences: a highly competitive European call for projects won by the Université de Rennes 1
UnsatPorMix: better understanding the impact of structural heterogeneity in unsaturated porous media on the transport and mixing of dissolved species