20 years of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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The European Union is celebrating 20 years of its Research Fellowship Programme. Since 1996, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) have provided grants to train excellent researchers at all stages of their careers - be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers – while encouraging transnational, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The programme is named after the double Nobel Prize winner Marie Skłodowska-Curie to honour and spread the values she stood for. To date, 98 000 researchers have benefited from the programme – among them five Nobel laureates and an Oscar winner.

One of the MSCA flag schemes are European Training Networks which provide high quality doctoral-level training in and outside academia. These networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

AVA as a European Training Network will provide training to 15 young researchers in the field of antimatter research. The network is currently offering fellowships to 15 talented, energetic, highly motivated early career researchers that will be employed by the different beneficiary partners across Europe. AVA provides an interdisciplinary and intersectoral environment for the fellows, who will also benefit from a ‘complementary skills training’ concept which is implemented through a series of schools and workshops and an active programme of outreach and dissemination.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions have set the benchmark for attracting and retaining the most talented researchers. By making researchers mobile and encouraging cooperation, the programme boosts knowledge transfer and contributes to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacity.