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Sectors: Education - Training, Innovation, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Corporations, International Organisation, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States, Switzerland, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Additional info regions:

Balkans: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia
Mediterranean countries: Turkey, Israel
New Independent States: Moldova
European Economic Area: Norway, Iceland
Switzerland: Swiss entities are theoretically not eligible for funding under this call for proposal. However, the situation may change according to the state of negociation between the EU and Switzerland. Swiss entities may contact their National Contact Point before applying.


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Responsible: European Commission


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The COFUND scheme aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.

Priorities and funded actions:

– Leverage regional, national or international funding programmes for early-stage researchers and experienced researchers
– Enabling the relevant regional, national and international actors to contribute significantly to the development within their own setting of high quality human resources, by introducing and/or further developing the trans-national dimension of their offers
– Increasing the numerical and/or qualitative impact, in terms of supported researchers or working/employment condition
– Combating fragmentation in terms of objectives, evaluation methods and working conditions of regional, national or international offers in this area

This call aims at co-financing two specific types of programmes
– Fellowship programmes (50 000 000 euro):  they are encouraged to cover all research disciplines (“bottom-up”), but can also focus on specific disciplines. In this case the range of covered disciplines should allow reasonable flexibility for the researchers
– Doctoral programmes (30 000 000 euro): they address the development and broadening of the research competencies of early-stage researchers. Collaboration with a wider set of partners, including from the non-academic sector, which may provide hosting or secondment opportunities or training in research or transferable skills, as well as innovative elements of the proposed programme, will be positively taken into account during the evaluations. Doctoral programmes must ensure an international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral training for doctoral candidates

Among financed actions
– EU contribution will provide living allowance for researchers appointed under Fellowoship of Doctoral Programmes
– EU contribution will provide 325 euro per person-month for each eligible researcher to cover the management costs of the programme
– EU contribution will not cover research costs