Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions in Horizon 2020

Under the Marie Curie actions researchers can obtain grants regardless of their age or nationality.  In addition to various scholarships, researchers have the opportunity to gain experiences abroad and in the private sector and to upgrade their training by other skills or disciplines that may be valuable for their career.

Mobility rule for all MarieSkłodowska Curie Actions: Fellow has lived and worked less than 12 Month within the last 3 years in the potential host country.

Structured doctoral training:

Innovative Training Networks (ITN):Phd training programmes
Aim: „to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage
researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit”.

ITN project proposals may take one of three forms:

  • European Training Networks (ETN)
  • European Joint Doctorates(EJD)
  • European Industrial Doctorates (EID)

more information about the ITN on the Marie Curie website

Innovative Training Networks @ GFZ:

ISONOSE (FP7; Coordinator: GFZ - concluded) " ISOtopic tools as NOvel Sensors of Earth surface resources"

TOPOMOD (FP7; Coordinator: Università "Roma Tre" - concluded) "Sculpting the Earth's topography: insights from modelling deep-surface processes"

ALERT (FP7; Coordinator: Universität Potsdam - concluded) "Anatolian pLateau climatE and Tectonic hazards"

ZIP (FP7; Coordinator: Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris - concluded) "Zooming In between Plates: deciphering the nature of the plate interface in subduction zones"

SUBITOP (H2020; Coordinator: GFZ) "Understanding subduction zone topography through modelling of coupled shallow and deep processes"

SYSTEM-RISK(H2020; Coordinator: GFZ) "A Large-Scale Systems Approach to Flood Risk Assessment and Management"

METAL-AID (H2020; Coordinator: Universität Kopenhagen) "Metal-(hydr)oxide Aided Subsurface Remediation: Fom Invention to Injection"

MICRO-ARCTIC (H2020; Coordinator: Universität Bristol) "Microorganisms in Warming Arctic Environments"

Individual Fellowships (IF):

Fellowships for postdocs - international and intersectoral mobility
Aim: „to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi-or interdisciplinary levelthrough advanced training,international and intersectoralmobility”.

There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

  • European Fellowships (EF)
  • Global Fellowships (GF)

more information about the Individual Fellowships on the Marie Curie website

Individual Fellowships @ GFZ:

GLORY (FP7 IOF; Sascha Brune - concluded) "Global tectonics with realistic lithospheric rheology"

BIOFROST (H2020 IF-EF; Amedea Perfumo) "Life at its Extremes: Biodiversity and Activity of Microorganisms in deep Permafrost"

IRONLAKE (H2020 IF-EF; Ina Neugebauer) "Establishing stable IRON isotopes of laminated LAKE sediments as novel palaeoclimate proxy"

ITHERLAB (H2020 IF-EF; Sven Fuchs) "In-situ thermal rock properties lab"

NANOSIAL (H2020 IF-EF; Thomas Stawski) "Silica and alumina nanophases – the building blocks for the ground under our feet"


Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE): staff exchange

Aim: “funding of building or enhancing new and existing networks of international and inter-sector cooperation”

  • International stream: at least one institution outside Europe and two institutions from different MS and/or AS
  • Intersectoral stream: at least one participant from each of the two sectors and from at least two different MS and/or AS
  • Secondments: between 1 and 12 Months
  • Maximum 540 person-months for maximum 4 years

more information about RISE on the Marie Curie website


HIFREQ - Smart high-frequency environmental sensor networks for quantifying nonlinear hydrological process dynamics across spatial scales


„Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes“ (COFUND): co-funding of mobility programmes

Aim: „stimulating regional, national or international programmesto foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development”

  • new or currently running doctoral and postdoctoral fellowship programmes with support of the Marie Curie Actions for up to 36-60 months
  • Funding of a legal entities established in an MS or AC that fund or manage doctoral or fellowship programmes for researchers

more information about COFUND on the Marie Curie website

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