Finance

Marie Curie Fellows

Guidance on appointing Marie Curie Fellows

The recruitment and appointment of Marie Curie Fellows must comply with strict European Commission conditions of funding. The main two types of Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) are:

  • MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
  • MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF)

MSCA (ITN)

This scheme aims to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers. The main type of ITN is a European Training Network (ETN) – fellows are typically enrolled on a PhD programme. The project is consortium based with a number of partners across Europe.

The project has a number of core eligibility criteria to be adhered to for recruitment:

  • All positions awarded in the project should be fully advertised nationally and internationally (using https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/ )
  • The candidate must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their career and not awarded a PhD at the time of their recruitment.
  • Recruited for minimum 3 months and maximum 36 months
  • No restrictions on nationality
  • Mobility – the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.
  • Funding Mechanism of ITN – Each fellow’s contract is comprised of the Living, Mobility and Family Allowances (Dependants at the time of recruitment) as awarded by the scheme. All allowances awarded include the cost of employment for UoE; employer’s National Insurance and pension contributions. Exchange rate for ITN is currently set £1 = €1.30. Allowances depend on which Work Programme the project has been awarded under. The Marie Curie Fellow will have a contract of employment and will go onto the relevant point on the ARC scale – this will depend on the Work Programme and whether or not they are in the USS pension scheme. There are no incremental or cost of living rises for Marie Curie Fellows but the salary may increase if there is a change to the exchange rate used to calculate the ARC scale. The Mobility Allowance and Family Allowance (if applicable) will be paid as an additional salary amount. Any underpayment due to exchange rate differences will be paid at the end of each reporting period of the project.

MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF)

  • This scheme aims to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers. The projects are solely awarded to the individual and UOE. The main two sub-awards are European Fellowships (EF), where the fellow is based here at UOE, and Global Fellowships (GF), where the fellow is seconded to a third country for 1-2yrs and has a 3rd year reintegration at UOE.

  • Funding Mechanism of EF – Each fellow’s contract is comprised of the Living, Mobility and Family Allowances (Dependants at the time of recruitment) as awarded by the scheme. All allowances awarded include the cost of employment for UoE; employer’s National Insurance and pension contributions. Exchange rate for EF is currently set £1 = €1.30. Allowances depend on which Work Programme the project has been awarded under. The Marie Curie Fellow will have a contract of employment and will go onto the relevant point on the ARC scale – this will depend on the Work Programme and whether or not they are in the USS pension scheme. There are no incremental or cost of living rises for Marie Curie Fellows but the salary may increase if there is a change to the exchange rate used to calculate the ARC scale. The Mobility Allowance and Family Allowance (if applicable) will be paid as an additional salary amount. Any underpayment due to exchange rate differences will be paid at the end of each reporting period of the project.
  • Funding Mechanism of GF – Due to the nature of these projects, the salary for the outgoing phase will need to use the co-efficient of the third country, so will need to be calculated separately and will be off-scale. Please contact the Research Grants Administration EC team (ecprojects.finance@ed.ac.uk) in advance.

EC Awarding of allowances

  • Structure of European Union contributions The EU contribution under the Marie Skłodowska -Curie actions is based on unit costs expressed in person-months and are indicated in EUR.

Researcher Unit cost* (Work Programmes 2014/15 & 2016/17)

 

 Living Allowance  

 Mobility Allowance  

 Family Allowance  

Innovative Training Networks    

 €3,110

 €600

 €500

Individual Fellowships

 €4,650

 €600

 €500

* The Living Allowance is subject to a country co-efficient of the host institution. This was 120.3% for the UK in Work Programmes 2014/15 & 2016/17. 

Researcher Unit cost* (Work Programme 2018/20)

 

 Living Allowance  

 Mobility Allowance  

 Family Allowance  

 Innovative Training Networks   

 €3,270

 €600

 €500

 Individual Fellowships

 €4,880

 €600

 €500

 * The Living Allowance is subject to a country co-efficient of the host institution. This was 139.8% for the UK in Work Programme 2018/20.

 

If you have a question about a Marie Curie project awarded under the Framework Programme 7 (FP7), please contact the Research Grants Administration EC team (finance.helpline@ed.ac.uk).