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European Commission awards MSCA Seal of Excellence to over 2000 outstanding researchers

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Tags: MSCA-IF | seal of excellence | 2019

The European Commission has awarded MSCA Seal of Excellence certificates to over two thousand researchers who applied for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in 2019.

The "Seal of Excellence - Marie Curie Actions" is being awarded to high quality MSCA-IF proposals which scored 85/100 or above and passed the quality threshold, but could not be funded under the available call budget. The Seal of Excellence recognizes the value of a project proposal and guarantees it has passed a highly competitive evaluation process, thus being recommended for funding by other sources, at national, regional or local level.

Calls for proposals under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are extremely competitive: the budget for the 2019 call only allowed a grant to be awarded to 15% of applicants.

The Seal of Excellence is therefore designed to support MSCA applicants whose proposals show exceptional potential but cannot be funded under the current budget. With this prestigious endorsement, it should be easier for researchers receiving the award to acquire alternative funding for their project from regional, national or institutional sources.

Individuals can find more information on national/regional support for MSCA Seal of Excellence holders on the dedicated MSCA seal of excellence page.

Recipients may also wish to contact the National Contact Point in their host country for more information on funding.