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Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation - Widening Fellowships WF-02-2019

Call ID: H2020-WF-2018-2020 - Types of action: Career Restart panel; Reintegration panel , Standard European Fellowships, Society and Enterprise panel.

  • Posted on: 12.04.2019

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The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) contribute to boosting jobs, growth and investment by equipping researchers with the new knowledge, skills and international and inter-sectorial exposure to fill the top positions of tomorrow and solve current and future societal challenges. They are based on the principle of mobility, and researchers can receive funding on the condition that they move from one country to another to acquire new knowledge. The results from the first years of MSCA in Horizon 2020 also revealed the existence of a mobility gap across Europe and discrepancies between European countries in their ability to attract funding. To specifically address this gap in participation Widening Fellowships will provide an additional opportunity to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Widening countries.


Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to researchers of any nationality, in Widening countries. Applications to the 2019 call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF), where the host organisation is located in an eligible widening country, will be automatically resubmitted to this call in case their proposal fails to reach an adequate place in the ranking to be funded in the regular MSCA-IF call[1]. Applicants who do not wish to be considered for this funding opportunity may opt out during the application stage.

The proposals submitted under the Widening Fellowships must fulfil all the admissibility and eligibility conditions of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Individual Fellowships and pass all the thresholds for that call.

The award criteria, scoring and threshold for Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions apply to eligible proposals. Proposals will be ranked according to the 2019 MSCA-IF call scores and evaluation procedure and will retain scores and comments included in the Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) of the MSCA-IF call . The MSCA-IF model grant agreement and the unit costs applicable to MSCA-IF will also apply to the Widening Fellowships.

Expected Impact:

The expected impact indicated for the MSCA-IF-2019 Individual Fellowships call under the MSCA Work Programme will apply to this call.

In addition, the Widening Fellowships are expected to lead to the following:

  1. Enhanced cooperation and stronger networks including widening countries.
  2. Boosting of R&I capacity among participating organisations.
  3. Increase in international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility of researchers in Widening countries.

[1]The following "Types of Action" under MSCA-IF are eligible for resubmission: CAR – Career Restart panel, RI – Reintegration panel, SE - Society and Enterprise panel, Standard EF.

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.


2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in the MSCA part of the Work Programme.

1. Applicants must not have opted out from having their proposal automatically resubmitted to the Widening Fellowships call when applying to the MSCA-IF-2019 call.

2. The proposal must have obtained a score of 70% or above in the 2019 call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, within the types of action CAR – Career Restart panel, RI – Reintegration panel, SE - Society and Enterprise panel or Standard EF but failed to reach an adequate place in the ranking to be funded under that call.

3. The beneficiary must be established in a Member State or Associated Country that is ranked below 70% of the EU27 average of the composite indicator on Research Excellence[[The detailed scores of the composite indicator can be found in p. 5 (Excellence in S&T 2010) of the "Research and Innovation Performance in EU Member States and Associated Countries 2013" at http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/pdf/state-of-the-union/2012/innovation_union_progress_at_country_level_2013.pdf]].

The selected corrective threshold of 70% of the EU average has been chosen in line with the particular policy requirements of the measure, to ensure the greatest possible impact through targeting only the lowest performing Member States, and thereby maximising the real value of these actions.

Based on the above threshold, applicant organisations from the following Member States and Associated Countries (subject to valid association agreements of third countries with Horizon 2020) will be eligible to submit proposals (the "low R&I performing" or "Widening" countries):

Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Associated Countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below. The maximum length of a proposal is:

Part B1 (Excellence, Impact, Implementation): 10 pages - do not include any cover page or table of contents

Part B2: no overall page limit (CV of the researcher: maximum 5 pages)


3. Evaluation

3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

The award criteria and evaluation procedure specific to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are described in the MSCA part of the Work Programme.

The selection criteria are described in part H of the General Annexes to the work programme. The award criteria, scoring and threshold for Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions apply to proposals automatically resubmitted to this call. Please refer to the dedicated section in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie part of the work programme.

The procedure for setting a priority order for proposals with the same score is given in the MSCA 2018-2020 Work Programme.


4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Specific rules and funding rates are described in the MSCA part of the Work Programme.

Supporting information can be found in the Guide for applicants IF-2019

Standard proposal template
MSCA standard evaluation form
Model Grant Agreement MSCA IF – Mono-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information


Consortium Agreement:

Not applicable - this is a mono-beneficiary action.


7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


8. Additional documents:

Introduction of the Work Programme 2018-20
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) - Work Programme 2018-20
Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20
General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

Program: Horizon 2020 | S&T field/scope: H2020 general | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: H2020 eligible countries, Danube Region, EU Member States