Marie Curie COFUND

Call ID: H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2020

The Marie Curie COFUND (MSCA COFUND) programme aims to stimulate high-quality fellowship or doctoral programmes. It funds international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers in Europe.

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Marie Curie COFUND  topics

COFUND is a bottom-up programme, meaning that the applying organisation decides on the overarching topic. The topic can be scientific or non-scientific and should connect different disciplines within one organisation or several connected organisations. For example, a university can set up a programme that initiates translational research, or a group of universities in a specific region can set up a programme that attracts and supports talented female researchers.

Proposal guidelines

COFUND can take the form of a Doctoral Programme (for PhD students) or a Fellowship programme (for post docs). COFUND proposals have a similar structure as Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Training Networks. The difference with ITNs is that COFUND funds local initiatives instead of international ones.

However, the allocated researchers have to comply with the mobility rule, meaning that they must not have resided in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. Furthermore, linking Partner Organisations to your proposal is highly recommended. These can be from any sector, any organisation and any country in the world. All these factors influence the international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary aspects of your proposal.


The European Union funds 50% of the employment and living allowances of the enrolled researchers and 50% of the management costs. Financial support for COFUND is based on ‘unit costs’, i.e. fixed amounts per recruited researcher per month (see below for details). Funding for doctoral programmes is based on the standard number of years that a PhD takes to complete in the country of the beneficiary. This means that for The Netherlands, Doctoral programmes receive funding for 48 months for each researcher. Selected proposals can receive funding up to a total amount of € 10 million per proposal. In 2020, € 40 million is available for Doctoral Programmes and € 60 million for Fellowship Programmes.

Hezelburcht and COFUND support

Hezelburcht has supported several successful MSCA COFUND applications, such as the ALERT, PROMINENT and ARCAID programme. In the 2016 call, PROMINENT was ranked first. The 2020 call is now open with a deadline in September 2020. For a successful application it is important to start as soon as possible with the preparation of a proposal!

Examples of COFUND programme funding

Funding of Doctoral Programme:EU COFUND contribution (per person/month)
Early-Stage Researcher (ESR)€ 1,935.-
Institutional Unit costs€ 325.-
Example: Total funding for 4 years, for 20 ESRs€ 2,169,600.-
Funding of Fellowship Programme:EU COFUND contribution (per person/month)
Experienced Researchers (ER)€ 2,740.-
Institutional Unit costs€ 325.-
Example: Total funding for 4 years, for 20 ERs:€ 2,942,400.-

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