MSCA Seal of Excellence awarded to outstanding researchers

Most of the awarded proposals come from Spain and Italy

The European Commission awarded Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Seal of Excellence certificates to 1.737 applicants for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2023. These applicants submitted excellent proposals but did not receive funding from the scheme.

The MSCA Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to applicants for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships who scored 85% or higher in the assessment.

The Seal of Excellence is a guarantee of the outstanding value of the research project, recognized by a comprehensive and thorough assessment process. Beneficiaries can use this award to obtain alternative funding for their research.
The Seal of Excellence allows research institutions and national authorities to implement a funding scheme in line with their own strategies. Through these schemes, the institutions and national authorities can attract leading talent from abroad, including diaspora researchers, and increase the visibility and attractiveness of their host institutions internationally.

The proposals that received the certificate had host organisations in 32 countries. Spain and Italy are the most awarded countries, with 272 and 269 proposals respectively.

The European Commission advises recipients to consult the list of available support at national/regional level for MSCA Seal of Excellence holders. MSCA National Contact Points in your host country can also help finding alternative funding sources.

The next call for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships opened on 23 April 2024.
See more information on how to apply.

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