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Step 0: Make sure that you are eligible for IF-MSCA-2019
Who? Experienced Researcher
Step 1: Notify your intention to apply for a MSCA-IF
Who? Scientific Supervisor & Experienced Researcher
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 Funding & Tenders Submission Service
Who? Experienced Researcher
How? Log into the Funding & Tenders Opportunities 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). Now a disclaimer should appear. Accept the conditions and a new window will open in the browser*. In this new screen are available the official templates to write your proposal, download them. Afterwards, continue registering the proposal in the EC system. 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".
*If the EC website fails in this action, try to register your proposal using another web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, etc).
Step 4: Complete the proposal administration forms
Who? Experienced Researcher / Scientific Supervisor / 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. Also, keep in mind that evaluators, although they are experts in your field, may not be experts in the research objectives of your project. Therefore, write your proposal from a technical point of view, but one that can be understood by any colleague in your field.
There are numerous materials to support Experienced Researchers in drafting the templates of the MSCA proposal. We have curated and ordered the available documents 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. We have created a "guide to UCM specific issues" to help you draft these parts.
You should initially focus your efforts on the design of the research project of the excellence section. The 40% chance of getting the funding depends on it. The project must be original and innovative (not incremental), the objectives ought to have at least a European scope (e.g. strategic EC policies, significant advancement of the state of the art of your discipline, roadmaps, current social challenges, white papers, etc.) and, it should spring from the union of your backgrounds (supervisor & fellow) in research (double transfer of knowledge).
MSCA Individual Fellowships Handbook 2019 (New): This unofficial document has been prepared by MSCA's network of NCPs (Net4Mobility). This handbook consists of the official 2019 annotated templates. Inside there are explanations, examples and tips on how to write the different sections in an easy way. This guide can be considered as a reference book in the proposal drafting phase..
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 writing 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 has created a guide on the use of social media in Horizon 2020 projects. This guide will help you to properly design dissemination and communicate plan of sections 2.2 and 2.3 of your proposal.
The Guide for Applicants of the European Commission (download here) contains information on the, specifies the objectives of the programme, modalities of participation, eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria and a blueprint of the technical proposal templates to be submitted. If you have any administrative or formal questions about the MSCA-IF-2019 call, consult this document.
In the bottom part of our guide Step-by-step for MSCA-IF you have more supporting documentation (e.g. webinars in English and Spanish) to draft the technical memory of your proposal. Check our "Useful videos and Useful documents/links" sections for more information.
Step 6: Assessment and review
How? .When you have a definitive version of your proposal, we suggest that you review your work. After that, let others evaluate your proposal. Specially your scientific supervisor. It is also a good idea to ask for the opinion of colleagues, especially for the review of the scientific part.
In the last step of the evaluation, the experts will use a grid to rate your proposal. This evaluation template can be used to guide self-evaluation. Draft the proposal thinking about who will evaluate it.
Attention: Global Fellowships
In Global Fellowships, a Letter of Commitment from the Third Country Host Institution must be attached to the proposal before submitting it. There are indications about the minimum content of this letter in the Guide for Applicants (pag. 50). Before the letter is signed, send this document to us for review/approval at any time. We have not established a deadline for this process, but do not leave this task to the last moment.
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
- TC: Third Country
- NCP: National Contact Point
- HI: Host Institution
- HRS4R: Human Resources Strategy for Researchers