MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funds short-term exchanges of personnel between academic, industrial and commercial organisations throughout the world. It helps people develop their knowledge, skills and careers, while building links between organisations working in different sectors of the economy, including universities, research institutes and SMEs.
MSCA-RISE programme objectives and scope
MSCA-RISE involves organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and outside Europe (third countries).
Support is provided for the development of partnerships in the form of a joint research and innovation project. This is aimed at knowledge sharing via international as well as intersectoral mobility, based on secondments of research and innovation staff (exchanges) with an in-built return mechanism.
The organisations constituting the partnership contribute directly to the implementation of a joint research and innovation project by seconding and/or hosting eligible staff members. Secondments shall always take place between legal entities independent from each other.
MSCA-RISE proposals can focus either on one dimension of mobility (intersectoral / international), or include a combination of both. Exchanges can be for both early-stage and experienced researchers and can also include administrative, managerial and technical staff directly involved in the research and innovation activities of the proposal.
Support for the exchanges between institutions within Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) covers only intersectoral secondments, but exchanges with institutions from and to third countries can be intersectoral as well as within the same sector (secondments between institutions established in third countries or within the same EU Member State or Horizon 2020 Associated Country cannot not be supported).
At staff member level:
- Increased set of skills, both research-related and transferable ones, leading to improved employability and career prospects both in and outside academia
- Increase in higher impact R&I output, more knowledge and ideas converted into products and services
- Greater contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society
At organisation level:
- Enhanced cooperation and transfer of knowledge between sectors and disciplines
- Strengthening of international and intersectoral collaborative networks
- Boosting of R&I capacity among participating organisations
At system level:
- Increase in international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility of researchers in Europe
- Strengthening of Europe's human capital base in R&I
- Increase in Europe's attractiveness as a leading destination for R&I
- Better quality R&I contributing to Europe's competitiveness and growth
The 2018 RISE call opened on 22 November 2017 and closed on 21 March 2018. The results of the proposal evaluations were unveiled in late June 2018. A total of 275 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each scientific panel is shown below:
• Chemistry (CHE): 24
• Economic Sciences (ECO): 10
• Information Science and Engineering (ENG): 79
• Environment and Geosciences (ENV): 39
• Life Sciences (LIF): 45
• Mathematics (MAT): 8
• Physics (PHY): 26
• Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC): 44
Out of these 275 proposals, 176 were eligible and above the threshold for selection, with a total budget request of 175.2 million EUR. 81 of those were finally selected in the 2018 call (see here for a complete list).