The main instruments for the development and attraction of talent to the European Union (EU) are the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Research Council (ERC) calls.

One of Horizon 2020 objectives is to increase the level of excellence in European basic science and ensure a steady flow of quality research to ensure Europe's long-term competitiveness.

The excellence and experience of CSIC in these programs places us as the first Spanish institution in number of MSCA and ERC projects. ERC and MSCA researchers can develop their projects in any field of knowledge with highly competitive salary conditions.

Success cases of ERC in CSIC

CSIC has participated in a very active way in the ERC program since its beginning in the Seventh Framework Program (FP7). With more than ninety ERC projects, it is the first Spanish entity to execute these projects, leading ERC projects in its five categories:

  • Starting Grant (STG) for researchers who defended their thesis in a period of two to seven years prior to the call.
  • Consolidator Grant (COG) ) for researchers who defended their thesis in a period of seven to 12 years prior to the call.
  • Advanced Grant (ADG) for researchers with more than ten years of experience.
  • Synergy Grant (SYG) ambitious projects involving two to four researchers of recognized prestige.
  • Proof of Concept (POC) projects for researchers with an ERC, who seek to analyze the market potential of some result of their ERC project.

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Our experience in MSCA

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fund projects for all stages of the career of researchers, whether they are PhD students or experienced researchers, and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. MSCAs allow host organizations (universities, research centers such as CSIC and companies) to incorporate talented foreign researchers and create strategic alliances with leading institutions around the world.

CSIC is the first Spanish institution to receive funds and the number of shares awarded in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie program (MSCA).

Of the total funding received by the CSIC of the Framework Program, the MSCA occupy the second place with more than 20% of the total.

Regarding the number of actions, the CSIC in FP7 had a total of 267 projects and in H2020 it has more than one hundred and sixty shares awarded.

Individual Fellowships (IF):

They aim to improve the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers of any nationality, through individual projects.

CSIC in FP7 has participated in a total of 179 individual projects and so far participates in more than one hundred individual projects of H2020.

Innovative Training Networks (ITN):

They are international training networks of public and private centers that aim to create a new generation of excellent and innovative researchers, capable of transforming knowledge and ideas into products and services for the economic and social benefit of the European Union.

CSIC in FP7 has participated in a total of 54 ITN projects and so far participates in more than forty MSCA ITN of H2020.

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE):

Exchange networks of research and innovative personnel among public and private entities seeking international, intersectoral and cross-border collaboration in R&D&I.

CSIC in FP7 has participated in a total of 28 IRSES and IAPP projects and so far participates in almost twenty RISE of H2020.


COFUND actions (Co-funding of regional, national and International Programmes) are a co-financing mechanism that provides additional financial support to mobility programs for regional and national research, while NIGHT actions (European Researchers' Night) are actions whose mission is to bring research and researchers closer to the general public. It is celebrated annually throughout Europe on the fourth Friday of September.

In H2020 CSIC coordinates a COFUND and, as for NIGHT, in 7PM CSIC has participated in five projects and so far participates in three of H2020.

CSIC as Host institution for your MSCA o ERC

For more information on the advantages of requesting an MSCA action or an ERC project with CSIC, the following files can be downloaded:

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