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Step 0: Make sure that you are eligible for IF-MSCA-2018
Who? Experienced Reseacher
Step 1: Notify your intention to apply for a MSCA-IF
Who? Scientific Supervisor & Experienced Reseacher
Step 2: Create an account in ECAS
Who? Experienced Researcher
How? In order to be able to access the application for the preparation and submission of the project proposal you must create an account in ECAS (European Commission Authentication Service). For this purpose follow the directions in this link.
Step 3: Register your proposal in the Participant Portal Submission Service
Who? Experienced Researcher
How? Log into the participant portal using your ECAS account credentials. Then, follow this link and click on the button "START SUBMISSION" corresponding to the type of action you intend to apply for (see Step 0). Once on the website, download the MSCA's official proposal templates. Then proceed to the proposal registration. Get detailed directions following this link.
In order to register your proposal you will need the following information:
- Beneficiary: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
- Participant Identification Code: 999874546
- In the field "Your role", select "Researcher".
Step 4: Complete the proposal administration forms
Who? Experienced Researcher / Scientific Surpervisor / OEID
Step 5: Write the technical part of the proposal
Who? Experienced Researcher / Scientific Supervisor
How? Write the part B of the proposal (description of your project) according to the proposal templates provided in the Participant Portal Submission Service. Read them carefully and try to understand what is expected in each section in the light of the previous documents.
There are numerous materials to support Experienced Researchers in drafting the templates of the MSCA proposal. We have curated and ordered the available guides and videos according to their usefulness to help you in this fundamental step.
Likewise, you will find that part of the information you are requested to provide in the proposal has to do with the Universidad Complutense as an institution hosting your project. There are parts of the proposal that are in this sense host-institution-dependent. To help in writting these parts we have created a "guide to UCM specific issues".
- MSCA Individual Fellowships Handbook 2018: This unofficial document has been prepared by MSCA's network of NCPs (Net4Mobility). This handbook consists of the official 2018 annotated templates. Inside there are explanations, examples and tips on how to write the different sections in a easy way. This guide can be considered as a reference book in the proposal drafting phase.
The Survivor's guide was an essential supporting documentation during the last two years (2016 & 2017). In the present call (2018) it is outdated because the creators (Net4Mobility) have not updated it and the official templates have changed substantially. However, we believe it still contains useful information that complements the MSCA-IF Handbook. We would also recommend you read it.
Part of the information you are requested to provide in the proposal has to do with the Universidad Complutense as an institution hosting your project. There are parts of the proposal (1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3 and 5) that are in this sense host-institution-dependent. To help in writting these parts of the proposal please download and make use of the following document. DO NOT USE IT AS A "COPY-PASTE TURNKEY SOLUTION".
- The European Commission published a new guide on the use of social media in Horizon 2020 projects. This guide will help you to use social media in the dissemination and communication activities of your project.
- Seminar: [GIP 2017 Tokyo] MSCA IF Training part 1 and 2 - Mr. Pierantonios Papazoglou
And finally, read carefully the Guide for Applicants that you can download here. This document provided by the European Commission, specifies the objectives of the programme, modalities of participation, eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria and the template for the technical proposal to be submitted.
Step 6: Assessment and review
How? At this stage we suggest that you review your work. After that, let others evaluate your proposal.
The following documents contains the most repeated comments taken from Evaluation Summary Reports from previous MSCA-IF calls. These, written as "strengths and weaknesses" comments, can help you to self-assess your proposal. In this way you will see if it contains the strengths that the evaluators are looking for, and also you can avoid the weaknesses that have the most impact on the evaluations.
It is a good idea to ask for the opinion of colleagues, especially for the review of the scientific part. Keep in mind that the evaluators may not be experts in your field, but they should understand the scientific framework of your field.
Finally, the OEID can make as many revisions to your proposal as possible. But do not forget:
It is very likely that we will receive many applications in a short period of time close to the deadline. Be smart and be the first to send us your proposal
The sooner you send us your proposal, the better: we will be able to make more revisions. Be smart and send it us as soon as possible.
Experience shows that proposals reviewed by OEID achieve good results.
- The EU Guide to Sciencce Communication
- Irish Universities Association (IUA) - MSCA IF 2018 WebinarMSCA IF 2018 Webinar
- Euresearch Webinar - Individual Fellowships of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
- Understanding gender dimension for MSCA projects
- Webinar Acciones Individuales IF MSCA 2018 (Spanish)
Useful Key Glossary
- OEID: European Office for R&D (UCM)
- ECAS: European Commission Authentication Service
- PP: Participant Portal
- LoC: Letter of Commitment
- PO: Partner Organisations
- MSCA-IF-GF: Global Fellowship
- MS: European Union member state
- AC: European Union associated country
- NCP: National Contact Point
- HI: Host Institution