ForBio: MSCA-IF Training Program [Online]

ForBio: MSCA-IF Training Program 2020

ForBio will organize its fourth training program for incoming and outgoing fellows applying for postdoctoral research grants from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Individual Fellows. The program runs from May 20th to the submission deadline of the H2020 MSCA-IF call on September 9th 2020. Due to the COVID-2019 pandemic, in 2020 the program will be offered as proposal writing support, peer review, and liaison with EU coordination offices. We also aim to give strong applicants from the 2019 program a chance to improve and resubmit their proposals, and importantly to attract new incoming and outgoing fellows.

Each project concept will be assessed by two internal reviewers, and only those passing the assessment will be admitted into the program. This will reduce the number of admitted trainees, but will enable us to invest more time into the strongest projects.

Goal of the MSCA-IF program

Enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers in biosystematics, in a broad sense, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.


Nataliya Budaeva - University Museum of Bergen, UiB & ForBio

Hugo de Boer - Natural History Musuem, UiO & ForBio

Target group

Academically-engaged senior PhD students, postdocs and junior researchers. Including IF programs ER-ST (Standard European), ER-CAR (Career Restart Grant), ER-SE (Society and Enterprise), ER-RI (Reintegration), and GF (Global). We aim to have a mixed group of incoming and outgoing fellows.

NB1: There is also an MSCA-IF Widening program that gives proposals with main host organisations located in the Widening Countries extra opportunities for funding. Proposals that have scored above the 70% threshold in the MSCA IF programme, but that are not being funded, will be transferred to the Widening program, with another earmarked budget to fund the proposals. These are the included countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
NB2: The EF-SE (Society and Enterprise) panel has a funding rate that is higher than all other panels. So if you are interested in intersectoral mobility or moving out to industry or the private sector, then this would be the perfect panel.
NB3: The EF-CAR and EF-RI panels have higher funding rates than the other panels.

Deadlines 2020

May 18 – June 25 Registration in the program (fellows apply with host) and submission of a one-page project concept.  For the concept focus only on the excellence section and outline the big picture of the impact and implementation sections. Early registrations are encouraged, the internal assessment will be provided within 5 days after the registration. After passing the internal assessment, the fellow will receive a package of supporting materials and examples of previously funded proposals.

July 20 Submission of the complete proposal draft for scientific review (one or two external academic reviewers from the filed related to the proposal's main research question), all parts must be completed (Excellence, Impact and Implementation)

August 03 Feedback form scientific review

August 25 (17:00 GMT+1)  Submission of the revised proposal draft to Alie Kwint, Kwintessence for review

September 02 Feedback from Alie Kwint, Kwintessence

September 09 Submission deadline of MSCA-IF proposals


Please consider the following about MSCA-IF fellowships

  • Two (or three for GF) year competitive postdoctoral research fellowships
  • Specific mobility requirements
  • Think about the goal above when picking a host and project
  • Hosts for incoming fellows include research organisations from the private and public sector, including universities, private industry, consultancy companies, and government sector hosts.
  • Project can also include secondments to the private and public sector, including those listed above and other universities.
  • Some potential hosts for incoming fellows are listed on the course homepage.
  • Outgoing fellows need to identify their foreign host or shortlist potential hosts.


Fellows should register here and provide contact information to their host. Hosts should register here and will be added to the potential hosts page.

Click here for a list of potential hosts in the ForBio network.

Contact Nataliya Budaeva ( or Hugo de Boer ( for more information.



Published May 20, 2020 1:15 PM - Last modified June 26, 2020 4:02 PM