MSCAdvocacy report presents MSCA participation trends across 26 countries and regions

A recently published MSCAdvocacy report provides a comprehensive analysis of the participation and performance of 26 third countries and regions in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) calls under Horizon 2020 (H2020). The report also identifies areas for future strategic adjustments.
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The period between 2014 and 2020 saw the MSCA become a key component of the European Union’s (EU) scientific and academic international cooperation efforts in the world. MSCAdvocacy’s 150-page analysis reveals that all 26 target countries and regions were involved in various MSCA schemes during H2020, although to varying degrees and with significant differences in nature, extent and consistency of participation.

Overall, the report highlights the diverse participation and performance levels of third countries in MSCA calls under H2020 and underscores the need for strategic adjustments to enhance international cooperation in scientific research.

Strong industrialised countries lead the way

The group of industrialised countries, comprising Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland and the US, demonstrated strong participation in the three structured MSCA schemes COFUND, Doctoral Training, and Staff Exchanges. Switzerland and the US emerged as top performers among all countries.

Promising performance from developing countries

Among the EU neighbourhood countries, Ukraine showed relatively strong performance, while Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia are lagging behind. The four developing countries, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and South Africa, performed well under H2020, surpassing or matching strong industrialised or BRIC (Brazil, China and India) countries in terms of potential.

Researcher flows

MSCA cooperation has proven to be a valuable resource for industrialised countries, attracting a significant number of international researchers. Third countries like the US, Switzerland, Australia and Japan have attracted many researchers to conduct their studies in their country.


For further insights into the participation of 26 countries and regions in the MSCA under H2020, please consult the full report. Furthermore, the report provides an overview of incoming and outgoing researcher mobility, as well as an analysis of the scientific excellence involved in the MSCA.

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