Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous research funding scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.

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About this programme

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous research funding scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.

MSCA – Key Features:

  • Open to all domains of research and innovation from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services
  • Entirely bottom-up
  • Participation of non-academic sector strongly encouraged, especially industry and SMEs
  • Mobility as the key requirement - funding on condition participants move from one country to another
  • Promotion of attractive working and employment conditions
  • Particular attention to gender balance
  • Public engagement of supported researchers

There are five types of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions:

  • Individual Fellowships (IF)
  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
  • Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
  • European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)
 

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AVIA-GIS / SMEinstrument

Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.

With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.

The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.

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