During May and June 2023, the MSCAdvocacy team from SPI visited Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico to meet key stakeholders in government, policy design, academia, and the private sector to obtain a clear view on the implementation of MSCA, most recent changes to national science and technology policies, the promotion of the funding programme and the actual use of opportunities afforded under MSCA.
The meetings were an important opportunity to learn about successes and challenges in international researchers’ mobility and discuss how to tackle them together. For one of the key objectives of MSCAvocacy is to assess cooperation trends with local stakeholders and offer support in designing cooperation mechanisms for efficient international research collaboration. Moreover, the meetings paved the ground to further strengthen international networking, with the aim of bringing together the right research partners in Latin America and the European Union (EU).
“In an interconnected world, international research collaboration is a catalyst for progress”, says Ivan Sá Vieira (SPI) from the MSCAdvocacy team. “The EU’s MSCA funding programme supports researcher’s mobility, and our aim is to help local stakeholders to take full advantage of its potential.”
Image: MSCAdvocacy team meeting with representatives from the EU Delegation in Argentina and the European Business Organisation Worldwide Network (EBO). From left to right: Francisco Rocha (MSCAdvocacy/SPI), Geraldine Smeets (EBO Argentina), Victoria Giussani (EU Delegation to Argentina), Ivan Sá Vieira (MSCAdvocacy/SPI)