Archivo de agosto, 2014

MSCA: Secondments, Partner Organizations e IPR

In MSCA, the rules surrounding the ownership of project results are the same as those applicable in other Horizon 2020 actions: project results are owned by the beneficiary generating them.

This means that even the results generated by your fellow while on secondment would belong to your institution, in accordance with the default rules applicable in the Grant Agreement. In other words, your partner organisation will not automatically be entitled to any IPR over the results developed on secondment, since it is not a beneficiary in the project, but a mere third party which does not employ the researcher within the action but only provides additional training and hosts him during the secondment.

However, this default rule is not always compatible with a third party institution’s internal policy. It is indeed not uncommon for partner organisations to require that the ownership of the results developed on secondment be granted to them, because this is what their IP policy requires. For this reason, and to avoid any dead-end, your institution should adopt a flexible approach. Since your partner organisation might not be aware of your own obligations under the Grant Agreement, you should clarify this point beforehand and outline your rights and obligations in terms of ownership, access rights, protection, exploitation and dissemination. This will allow your partner to understand the framework in which you can negotiate, and the rules and limitations which you have to comply with on your side. Then, remember that the Grant Agreement allows you to license or to transfer project results to third parties, under certain conditions. This means that, providing that these conditions are met, you can agree to license or transfer to your partner institution the project results developed by your fellow while on secondment. The terms of such agreement will vary depending on both parties’ interests, but this will allow you to settle on a different ownership regime which will be beneficial to you and your partner alike.

More information:

MSCA at IPR Helpdesk:


2ª Edición Premios Marie Skłodowska-Curie

On 18 November 2014, the MSCA will organise the second Awards Ceremony of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Prizes, which will take place at the Italian EU Presidency conference Empowering the Next Generation of Researchers in Trento .


This year there will be three categories:

  • Promising Research Talent
  • Communicating Science
  • Nurturing Research Talents

The selection criteria are available here(197 kB) for each category:

Who is eligible?

The contest is open for all FP7 MSCA Fellows and alumni. Please note that the Communicating Science prize is open to early stage and experienced researchers, the Promising research talent is open to fellows who have obtained their research results as an early stage researcher (i.e. no PhD or less than 4 years of experience), and the Nurturing Research Talents is open to experienced researchers (hold a PhD degree, or more than 4 years of experience).

How to apply?

More information on how to submit your application is available in the form(161 kB).

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

Below is an indicative calendar:

  • 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 Jurypdf(97 kB);
  • Late October 2014: Consensus and selection of winners (by conference call), notification of winners.
  • 18 November 2014: Awards ceremony

To register to the Italian Presidency conference visit: (available shortly)