EDGE and Marie Skłodowska-Curie A COFUND Research Fellowship Programme

Internationally respected in industry and academia, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship is a recognised mark of research excellence. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSC) Actions, named after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to ‘blue-sky’ science, are eligible for funding, typically through fixed-term fellowships.

Mobility, training and personal development are key factors in any MSC Action. Therefore the actions also support industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development.

EDGE is a COFUND Action, on the MSC programme. Therefore EDGE fellowships are part funded by the European Commission, and part by the three SFI Research Centres, AMBER, CONNECT and ADAPT. For EDGE applicants, this means that while the prestige and long-term benefit of being an MSC Fellow remains, the disciplinary field is focused on three Research Themes and the track record of the host institutions in these areas is assured.

In contrast to an MSC Individual Fellowship, where the candidate is required to propose their own training and development programme alongside their technical proposal, in EDGE this support will be provided for and monitored by the EDGE Management team.

What are the long term benefits of an MSC fellowship?

  • MSC Fellows’ publications are more-often cited than equivalent peers, and are more frequently published on influential scientific journals.
  • MSC Fellows are more successful in applying for European Research Council (ERC)’s competitive grants for high quality research.
  • MSC Fellows achieve professorship titles more frequently than others, and are more likely to hold principal investigator position.