MSCA Doctoral Networks 2021

MSCA Doctoral Networks 2021
MSCA Doctoral Networks 2021

The MSCA Doctoral Networks aim to train creative, entrepreneurial, innovative and resilient doctoral candidates, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

The MSCA Doctoral Networks will raise the attractiveness and excellence of doctoral training in Europe. They will equip researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences and provide them with enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

Expected impact

Proposals under this Action should contribute to the following expected impacts:

  • Strengthen Europe's human capital base in R&I by training highly-skilled doctoral candidates,
  • Improve the attractiveness of researchers’ careers notably through better working and employment conditions of doctoral candidates in Europe
  • Enhance talent and knowledge circulation across the R&I landscape, through inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary and international mobility
  • Increase Europe's attractiveness as a leading research destination
  • Enhance the quality of R&I contributing to Europe's sustainable competitiveness
  • Establish sustainable collaboration between academic and non-academic organisations
  • Foster the culture of open science, innovation and entrepreneurship

Project results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

For supported doctoral candidates

  • New research and transferable skills and competences, leading to improved employability and career prospects within and outside academia;
  • New knowledge allowing the conversion of ideas into products and services, where relevant;
  • Enhanced networking and communication capacities with scientific peers, as well as with the general public that will increase and broaden the research and innovation impact.

For participating organisations

  • Improved quality, relevance and sustainability of doctoral training programmes and supervision arrangements;
  • Enhanced cooperation and transfer of knowledge between sectors and disciplines;
  • Increased integration of training and research activities between participating organisations;
  • Boosted R&I capacity;
  • Increased internationalisation and attractiveness;
  • Regular feedback of research results into teaching and education at participating organisations.

Closing date

Opportunity type

Fellowship or post-graduate programmes