ForBio: MSCA-PF Training Program

ForBio: MSCA-PF Training Program 2022

ForBio will organize its sixth (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 September 14th 2022. The 2022 program will be offered as an online course with proposal writing support, virtual teaching material, 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 2021 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.


Alie Kwint - Kwintessence

Miguel Angel Naranjo Ortiz - Natural History Museum, UiO

Marcella Orwick Rydmark - Natural History Museum, UiO

Nataliya Budaeva - University of Bergen & ForBio

Hugo de Boer - Natural History Museum, UiO & ForBio

Target group

Participants in the course must be Postdoctoral fellows at the date of the call deadline (14 Sept 2022) with a maximum of 8 years full time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date of award of the doctoral degree.


Deadlines 2021

April 19 - June 5 . Registration in the program (fellows apply with host) and submit a one-page project concept (you will find the template in the registration link below). 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, each fellow will receive a package of supporting materials and examples of previously funded proposals.

June 13, 15, 16 . Full-time afternoon sessions 12: 00-17: 00. Online workshop on the call, application process, going through each section, exercises to define gaps, questions, milestones and deliverables, what is excellence, how to implement the project, how to achieve impact?

June 13-17. Selection of candidates for external reviewers for proposal evaluation. Before the start of the course, participants are encouraged to select researchers in their fields who they consider to be good candidates for evaluation of their projects. During the first week, a list of 4 to 6 candidates per participant will be agreed upon.

June 20. Deadline for suggesting external reviewers for proposal. Selected reviewers will be contacted shortly after. In the case none of the proposed candidates is available for review of the project, the organization will contact the participants to identify other adequate reviewers in order to ensure adequate and timely feedback.
July 31. Submission of the complete proposal draft for scientific review (two external academic reviewers from the field related to the proposal's main research question), all parts must be completed (Excellence, Impact and Implementation).

Aug 14. Feedback form scientific review

Aug 28. 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. The contractor aims to provide feedback within 2 days.

Sept 14. 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 organizations 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 5th. 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.


Hugo de Boer ( for more information.



Published Apr. 8, 2022 3:14 PM - Last modified May 27, 2022 10:59 AM