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Take Part in the 2nd Edition of the MSCA Prizes!

On 17-19 November 2014 at the occasion of the Italian EU Presidency Conference (website available in the forthcoming days) on Empowering the Next Generation of Researchers, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) will hold its second  Awards Ceremony of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Prizes. This is a great opportunity for fellows and projects to engage in outreach and dissemination activities. This year there will be three categories:


  • Promising Research Talent
  • Communicating Science
  • Nurturing Research Talents

For each category, the following selection criteria will be applied to select the winner:

Communicating Science

  • Effectiveness of outreach to the general public
  • Coverage in mainstream media (e.g. published articles and/or interviews)
  • Innovative/creative approach

Promising Research Talent

  • Excellence of results (e.g. quality of publications in renowned journals)
  • Innovativeness of the research approach
  • Potential to become a leading researcher

Nurturing Research Talents

  • Notable tutoring and lecturing of students and PhD candidates
  • Encouraged young people to engage in a research career (acted as an 'ambassador', 'role model')
  • Gained awards/credit for such activities

Who is eligible?
The contest is open for all FP7 MSCA Fellows and alumni.

How to apply?
You should submit two or three items, as well as some basic information:

  • a statement of motivation: this should explain briefly why you think the participation will be beneficial for you, your research and your career, and your host organisation (if relevant) at most ½ page, 250 words is requested;
  • optional: one letter of recommendation- this should be from a highly qualified scientist who is either in a supervisory role in your project or who is a leading scholar in the field and sufficiently knowledgeable about you. At most this should be one page and contain the formal letterhead of the organisation of the person signing the letter. Please ensure the letter of recommendation is specific for you and for this prize;
  • your current CV.

More information can be found here.

About the prize
The prize is symbolic: the award winner will have their travel and accommodation costs for the conference reimbursed and receive a certificate signed by the EU Commissioner for Education.

Indicative timeline

  • Call for applications opens in July 2014;
  • Call for applications closes on 21 September 2014 (midnight Brussels time)
  • Early October 2014: Individual assessment by members of the Jury;
  • Late October: Consensus and selection of winners (by conference call), notification of winners.
  • 18 November 2014: Awards ceremony

The winners will be chosen by the jury composed of former winners, and other renowned researchers, including former MSCA fellows.