The Commission has announced the results of the 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) call for Individual Fellowships. These grants are funded through the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation and are awarded to excellent, experienced researchers to work on projects in all research fields while receiving training and supervision to enhance their skills and boost their career. A total of €328 million will finance 1,630 excellent post-doctoral researchers working at universities and research organisations in Europe and all over the world, as well as in industry and small and medium-sized businesses. The fellows will work on projects addressing global challenges such as climate change, health and migration as well as in areas relevant to the EU missions including cancer, smart cities, soil and healthy oceans.
Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said: “I warmly congratulate the 1,630 exceptional researchers who have succeeded, despite tough competition, to obtain the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. Today more than ever, we need high-level research skills to predict, detect and tackle global challenges but also to communicate scientific evidence across disciplines and to the wider community. I am excited to see that projects will contribute to the green and digital transitions, healthy ageing and inclusive societies, and to get insights on the next challenges for which we need to be prepared. I am also delighted to see that through the successful pilot ‘Widening Fellowships’, we were able to grant 46 additional Fellowships to excellent researchers in European countries that are currently less represented in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.”
This was the last call of MSCA Individual Fellowships under the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. In Horizon Europe, the MSCA will continue to be an essential part of the European Research Area, supporting excellent post-doctoral researchers to enhance their creative and innovative potential, acquiring new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research. More information on the Individual Fellowships is available here.