Marie Skłodowska-Curie DOCTORAL NETWORKS - NAWA

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie DOCTORAL NETWORKS

About the action

The objective of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks projects is to train creative, innovative and flexible research staff who will be able to respond to current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

Who can apply?

Applications may be submitted by consortia of universities, research institutions, businesses (including SMEs) and other institutions. A consortium should include at least three institutions, each established in a different EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. On top of this minimum, other organisations from any country in the world and from any sector can also join. Institutions may take on the role of the beneficiary in the consortium, in which case they have to employ at least one researcher, or that of a partner, in which case they have no individual budget and their costs are refunded by beneficiaries.

Applications that received a score below 80% are subject to a waiting period of one year and may not be resubmitted in the next call. 


The project’s target group are researchers without a doctoral degree as of the moment of employment under the project who meet the 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 three years immediately before their recruitment date. The employment should be based on an open competition advertised among others on the EURAXESS portal. Researchers should be employed under an employment contract in line with the principles stipulated in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Each researcher employed under a Doctoral Networks project must at the same time be enrolled in a doctoral school. In Poland, pursuant to the Act of 20 July 2018 on Higher Education and Science, each doctoral candidate must receive a doctoral scholarship paid from the institution’s own budget aside from the remuneration paid from the project budget. More information can be found HERE.

Types of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks projects:

  • Doctoral Networks implement doctoral programmes, by partnerships of universities, research institutions, businesses including SMEs, and other actors from different countries across Europe and beyond. The action is a response to the needs for development in various research and innovation areas. It exposes the researchers to the academic and non-academic sectors and offers research training as well as transfer of knowledge and skills.
  • Industrial Doctorates: is dedicated to doctoral candidates who wish to develop their skills outside the academia, especially in industry and business. The fellowship holders must be enrolled in a doctoral school and jointly supervised by the academic and non-academic partners.
  • Joint Doctorates: the action offers international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration leading to a joint doctoral degree or multiple doctoral degrees. The collaboration entails a joint selection of candidates and joint supervision; a joint doctoral programme.

Benefits and opportunities for participating organisations:

  • taking up cooperation in research and innovation with actors from various countries and sectors, including businesses and science institutions – participation in a DN project is a great first step towards further international cooperation
  • enhancing their potential in terms of human resources in the area of research and innovation – the employment of doctoral candidates is fully covered by the project budget
  • increasing the internationalisation and visibility in Europe
  • gaining the chance to use the results of research – IPR is owned by the institution/organisation
  • funding up to 100% of the costs
  • simple settlement of the projects
  • possibility to employ the doctoral candidate after the project ends
  • participation in the project is taken into account in the Ministry of Education and Science’s evaluation of scientific institutions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks projects will increase the attractivity and quality of doctoral training across Europe and equip researchers with the right combination of research and soft skills. They will improve career prospects in the academic and private sectors through international, interdisciplinary and cross-sector mobility combined with increased innovation.


The project budget includes remuneration of doctoral candidates, the costs of their research and training as well as networking activities, organisation of training and conferences, and management costs and indirect costs – in the form of unit costs calculated on the basis of the number of person-months planned for the employment of doctoral candidates.

Remuneration of the researcher (gross amounts including the employer’s costs) / month:

  • base remuneration: 3,400 €* (the amount is subject to a correction coefficient specific to the country of the host institution. It amounts to 70.5% in Poland.)
  • mobility allowance: 600 €
  • family allowance (if applicable): 660 €
  • long-term leave allowance: according to the formula set out in the MSCA Work Programme
  • so called special needs allowance (if applicable): according to the formula set out in the MSCA Work Programme

Institution costs / month:

  • Research, training and networking activities: 1,600 €
  • Management and indirect costs: 1,200 €
  • Living allowance is subject to a correction coefficient specific to the country of the host institution. It amounts to 70.5% in Poland.


Projects may last up to four years; the employment of individual researchers may be planned to last between 3 and 36 months. Doctoral candidates may be seconded to other members of the consortium for a period not exceeding 1/3 of their employment in the project. Under Industrial Doctorates projects, the doctoral candidate must be employed 50% of the time in the non-academic sector.

Up to 360 person-months may be planned for the employment of doctoral candidates in a project. In the case of Industrial Doctorates and Joint Doctorates, 180 person-months more may be planned.

Activities under a project

  • Joint research and training project carried out by employed doctoral candidates under the supervision of experienced researchers from the institutions associated in the consortium;
  • providing doctoral candidates with appropriate supervision by a research supervisor following the standards of MSCA Guidelines on Supervision;
  • participation of employed doctoral candidates in fellowships and training, both related to their discipline and covering soft skills (entrepreneurship, self-presentation, ethics in research etc.), developing and broadening of additional skills in various sectors, countries, and disciplines following the EU Principles on Innovative Doctoral Networks;
  • secondment of employed doctoral candidates to institutions from various sectors and disciplines;
  • organisation of trainings and conferences on the network level by the consortium;
  • participation of doctoral candidates in conferences and external training;
  • open access to the results of the projects should be provided (covering both publications and research results). The above does not pertain to results that should be protected, e.g. subject to patents.

How to apply?

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

Important dates

MSCA Doctoral Networks 2022

The call opens on: 12 May 2022

The call closes on: 15 November 2022 (5 pm Brussels time)

The results of the call will be announced on: TBA

Helpful information

Basic information for applicants can be found HERE.

Work Programme 2021-2022


Sample application and instructions