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Step 0: Make sure that you are eligible for MSCA-IF-2020
Who? Experienced Researcher
How? Check that you meet the eligibility conditions for this call established in the Guide for Applicants (see page 11).You can also find a useful summary of the eligibility conditions in this document. To be elegible you will have to be an Experienced Researcher (ER) and comply with the appropriate rules of mobility
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 (top right corner) using your ECAS account credentials. Then, open the webpage for the 2020 call using 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 you will find the links to 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 (part A)
Who? Experienced Researcher / Scientific Supervisor / OEID
Step 5: Write the technical part of the proposal (part B)
Who? Experienced Researcher / Scientific Supervisor
How? Part B must be completed offline, using the templates that you downloaded in Step 3, and the finished documents must then be uploaded to the Participant Portal. 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).
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-2020 call, consult this document.
MSCA Individual Fellowships Handbook 2020 (New): This unofficial document has been prepared by MSCA's network of NCPs (Net4Mobility). This handbook consists of the official 2020 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 European IPR Helpdesk has prepared the brochure "Making the Most of Your H2020 Project". It will help researchers boost the impact of their project through effective communication, dissemination and exploitation, and consider how they all relate to Intellectual Property issues.
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.
If you've already started writing the proposal, you can request us for the document "Good examples of MSCA-IF". In this document we have collected extracts of projects already funded, which we consider good examples of successful proposals.
This does not mean that your proposal has to replicate or copy these examples. As we said before, our intention is that this may inspire you in the design of the sections where you have doubts.
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 should be included in Part B2 of the proposal. If the letter of commitment of the partner organisation is not provided, the proposal will be considered incomplete and therefore will be declared inadmissible. Also, please make sure that the letter is clearly visible in the submitted part B-2 – every year a number of proposals are declared inadmissible because the letter of commitment is not visible.
Please note that no fixed template for this letter is provided. In section 7 (Part B-2) you will find a non-binding example template of Commitment letter for IF partner organisations.
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
- AC: European Union associated country
- EC: European Commission
- ECAS: European Commission Authentication Service
- ER: Experienced researcher
- HI: Host Institution
- HRS4R: Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
- LoC: Letter of Commitment
- MS: European Union member state
- MSCA-IF: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship
- MSCA-IF-GF: Global Fellowship
- NCP: National Contact Point
- OEID: European Office for R&D (UCM)
- PO: Partner Organisations
- PP: Participant Portal
- TC: Third Country