Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND - NAWA

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND

MSCA COFUND – funding for regional, national and international grant programmes for researchers.

About the action:

MSCA Cofund provides funding for new or existing research and training programmes whose objective is to train researchers before and after they obtain the doctoral degree in any scientific domain.

The aim of the action is to promote Europe-wide transfer of knowledge and talent and to encourage researchers from outside the continent to carry out research at European institutions. It supports developing interdisciplinarity, strengthening cooperation with the non-academic sector and developing a culture based on entrepreneurship, innovation, and open science. A key element of the action is the international mobility of researchers at all stages of their careers.

Thanks to COFUND, identical standards and requirements concerning the terms of competitions and employment of research staff in line with the European Charter & Code for Researchers are adopted.

Who can apply?

A single legal entity in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country applies. Additional partners can be included in the project.

Applications may be submitted by government entities, representatives of regional authorities, funding agencies, universities, research organisations, and businesses.

Applications concerning projects lasting up to five years are submitted by one organisation that is planning to carry out the project in cooperation with other national or foreign institutions in order to offer researchers an attractive research programme that will support the progress of their careers. At least three researchers have to be hosted and employed under each project.


Types of projects under the COFUND action:

  • Doctoral Programmes are intended to help doctoral candidates develop and broaden their skills and competences and lead to the award of a doctoral degree in at least one EU Member State or HE Associated Country. The research and training programmes based on the EU Principles on Innovative Doctoral Networksshould include elements of cooperation with organisations from various sectors and countries, for instance in the form of organisation of workshops, fellowships and trainings, and appropriate scientific supervision. The doctoral candidates must be enrolled in third-cycle studies, which in Poland involves enrolling them in a doctoral school.

H2020 examples: Medical University of Bialystok – ImPRESS (; the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS (

  • Postdoctoral Programmes provide funding for individual fellowships for research and training of researchers holding a doctoral degree that will raise their competences relevant in any area of research and innovation. The institutions coordinating such programmes are obliged to organise several calls for applications during the course of the programme.

 H2020 examples: Polonez BIS Programme by NCN (; PASIFIC Fellowship Programme PAS (

Requirements with regard to researchers:

Researchers from any country in the world and of any nationality are hired under open and transparent competitions held by the project beneficiary, who is obliged to advertise the vacancies on the European EURAXESS portal. Each researcher has to meet the formal requirement that they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the day on which the call ends.

In addition, the doctoral candidates hosted under the Doctoral Programmes may not be holding a doctoral degree on the day on which the call ends, as opposed to the researchers applying for a fellowship under a Postdoctoral Programme. The duration of each fellowship is at least three months. In Poland, researchers have to be employed under a temporary employment contract.

A detailed guide for applicants can be found HERE.


EC funding for COFUND projects is provided on a unit cost basis related to the total number of months the researchers are hosted. COFUND allowance amounts to 2,800 € per month for Doctoral Programmes and 3,980 € per month for Postdoctoral Programmes. In the case of multiple applications from a single institution, the maximum EC funding per contest is 10 million €. The above EU funding, together with national funding appropriate to the aims and objectives of the project budget, can be used for various types of costs. A minimum salary has to be provided to the hosted researchers, which amounts to 2,800 € for a doctoral student and 3,980 € for a doctoral degree holder per month (the amounts include various types of charges on the part of both the researcher and the institution).

Important aspects:

  • Open and transparent recruitment, including advertising vacancies on the EURAXESS portal
  • Principles of scientific supervision and mentoring – MSCA Guidelines for Supervision
  • Adherence to the principles of the European Green Deal
  • Open Science
  • Popularisation of science and promotion of the scientific profession



How to apply?

Applications should be submitted via the website of the European Commission Funding and tenders opportunities portal.

Guidelines on how to apply can be found HERE.

Important dates:


The call for the action opens on: 10/10/2024

The call for the action closes on: 8/02/2024 (5 pm Brussels time)


Detailed information on the PF Action can be found in:

When preparing the proposal, remember that the research and implementation of the entire project must be in line with EU activities and policies. We recommend reading the document Horizon Europe (HORIZON) Programme Guide.


National Agency for Acadmic Exchange

Department of Programmes for Scientists

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