ForBio: MSCA-PF Training Program

The EU has postponed the call opening to June 22nd, and the application deadline to October 12th. We will extend the enrollment deadline to June 22nd.

ForBio: MSCA-PF Training Program 2021

ForBio will organize its fifth (online) training program for incoming and outgoing fellows applying for postdoctoral fellowships from the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellows. The program runs from now to the submission deadline of the Horizon Europe MSCA-PF call on October 12th 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, in 2021 the program will be offered as proposal writing support, virtual teaching material, an online workshop, peer review by academic peers and MSCA-PF consultant Alie Kwint, and liaison with EU coordination offices. We also aim to give strong applicants from the 2020 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-PF 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

Luis Martell - University Museum of Bergen, UiB & ForBio

Hugo de Boer - Natural History Museum, UiO & ForBio

Target group

Academically-engaged senior PhD students, postdocs and junior researchers. Including European and Global Fellowships. We aim to have a mixed group of incoming and outgoing fellows.


Deadlines 2021

May 1 –  June 22. 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 five days after the registration. After passing the internal assessment, the fellow will receive a package of supporting materials and examples of previously funded proposals.

June 24. 09:00-11:00. Kick-off meeting for accepted applicants. We will go through the call and program.

July 16. Access to the video tutorials and training material for the MSCA-PF call.

Aug 12. Two group exercises for specific parts of the proposal.

Aug 17.  Wrap-up session on the virtual course material and training.

Sept 1. 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).

Sept 14. Feedback form scientific review

Sept 22-29. Submission of the revised proposal draft to Alie Kwint, Kwintessence for review. You will need to reserve a specific time through Doodle for submission for review.

Oct 12. Submission deadline of MSCA-PF proposals


Please consider the following about MSCA-PF 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.
  • Projects 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 by June 22nd. You will be asked to fill out a 2-page proposal concept as part of the registration. The template is provided on the registration page.

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

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



Published Apr. 29, 2021 1:54 PM - Last modified June 10, 2021 1:26 PM