[HORIZON EUROPE] MSCA Doctoral Networks 2022 - New call for proposals (which are simplified regarding Industrial Doctorates)
Call for proposals
In May, a new call for Marie-Skłodowska Curie Doctoral Networks (formerly called MSCA ITN under Horizon 2020) was launched.
Submission deadline for this call is November 15, 2022.
This funding scheme supports research projects which include doctoral training of hired PhD students, in order to respond to well-identified needs in various research and innovation areas, expose the researchers to the academic and non-academic sectors, and offer research training, as well as transferable skills and competences relevant for innovation and long-term employability.
These projects will be conducted by partnerships of organisations from different sectors across Europe and beyond. In this way, the programme aims to train highly skilled doctoral candidates, stimulate their creativity, enhance their innovation capacities and boost their employability in the long-term. Specific conditions apply to Industrial and Joint Doctorates.
Under Horizon Europe, the overall EU contribution per MSCA Doctoral Networks actions is limited to:
• A maximum of 360 person-months, 10 PhDs.
• For industrial or joint doctoral programmes, the EU contribution can go up to a maximum of 540 person-months (15 PhDs) to further incentivise the development of these schemes.
Proposals submitted to the previous call of MSCA Doctoral Networks under Horizon Europe and having received a score of less than 80% must not be resubmitted the following year.
Simplification in MSCA-DN-ID scheme
In case of industrial doctorates, doctoral candidates must spend at least 50% of their fellowship duration in the non-academic sector.
In the first call of 2021, participation in the Industrial Doctorates type was complicated, because all PhD students hired had to be given a separate employment contract by both the academic and non-academic partner, called multiple recruitment. This created a bureaucratic barrier with the PhD student having different salaries and different social systems within the project. Under Horizon 2020, in the MSCA ITN scheme, PhD students could be fully employed by the academic partner, and go on a secondment to the industrial partner(s) and no multiple recruitment was needed.
Under pressure from Ghent University, among others, the European Commission has decided to drop the multiple recruitment condition again. This makes it easier for Ghent University to apply for a MSCA DN-ID programme in collaboration with industrial partners. The European Commission has already officially communicated this to the Member States and will also stipulate this in the call of May 2022.
The EU-team is continuously available for questions. You can make an appointment to discuss your project idea.