Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation Programme, divided into three pillars: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges.
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), located in the first pillar “excellent science” aim to support the career development and training of researchers, with a focus on innovation skills in all scientific disciplines through international and intersectoral mobility.
The MSCA are expected to finance around 65.000 researchers between 2014 ans 2020, including 25.000 doctoral candidates. The actions address several objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. By funding excellent research and offering attractive working conditions, the MSCA offer high quality professional opportunities open to researchers of any age, nationality or discipline.
There are different types of MSCA: European Training Networks, European Industrial Doctorates and European Joint Doctorates.
Within the European Training Networks, there are:
Innovative Training Network (ITN – like RurAction): innovative doctoral-level providing a range of skills in order to maximize employability
Individual Fellowships: support for experiences researchers undertaking mobility between countries, and also to the non-academic sector.
Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (see RurInno): international and intersectoral collaboration through the exchange of research and innovation staff.
Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes: co-financing high-quality fellowship or doctoral programmes with transnational mobility.
Source: H2020 Programme Guide for Applicants Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Version 2.0 – 2017.1 15 September 2016