Co-funding of regional, national and international funding programmes
The COFUND scheme aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes operating in Europe to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The programmes can be new or already in existence, but they must be either:
- Postdoctoral Programmes or
- Doctoral Programmes
Fellowship programmes are open to researchers holding a PhD, at any career stage, from a recent graduate to an emeritus professor. Doctoral programmes are open to researchers, who do not have a doctoral degree, and must be enrolled in a doctoral programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree in at least one EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.
All programmes must have an element of transnational mobility, either bringing new researchers into the country (incoming mobility), sending researchers outside of the country for a defined period (outgoing mobility) or assisting researchers previously active in the country to re-establish themselves there (reintegration). On top of transnational mobility, applicants are encouraged to include elements of cross-sectoral mobility and Interdisciplinarity into their programmes.
Any organisation in a Member State or Horizon Europe Associated country that can manage a fellowships programme for researchers can apply. This includes universities and other higher education institutions, research centres, funding agencies, charitable bodies, enterprise, etc. The financial support offered by the action varies but is up to a maximum of €10 million per programme, by way of a fixed amount (COFUND allowance) equivalent to the minimum salary that researchers should receive, and can be used to support any cost items in the programme. The participation of other sectors such as the private, public or other sectors, where appropriate, is strongly encouraged.
Researchers should comply with the mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation or implementing partner for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the deadline of the co-funded programme’s call.
What research areas are funded?
All areas of research are covered by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, including STEM subjects and the social sciences, humanities and economic sciences.
- Applications must be submitted by a single beneficiary from an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.
- Can also include other participants (from the same country or another Member State or Horizon Europe Associated country), if required.
- New and existing programmes are eligible for co-funding.
- Project Duration up to 5 years.
- Typical EU contribution to budget €200k to €10 million
How to apply
There is an annual funding Call for COFUND. Details of all Calls, including application documentation, may be found on the Funding and tender opportunities portal.
More information can be found on the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions website.
COFUND Programmes in Ireland
Horizon 2020 Fellowship Programmes:
- SPARKLE, A Fellowship programme in Photonics operated by IPIC at University College Cork.
- PROCESS, A Fellowship programme in Process engineering operated by SSPC, PMTC & DPTC at the University of Limerick.
- ELITE-S, a data science, content analytics and data preservation Fellowship programme, operated by the ADAPT Centre at Dublin City University
- EDGE, Cutting Edge Training – Cutting Edge Technology, operated by Amber, ADAPT & CONNECT Centres at Trinity College Dublin.
- MedTrain, Career Development and Mobility Fellowships in Medical Device Research and Development, operated by Cúram Centre at National University of Ireland Galway
- Career-FIT, Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme, operated by Enterprise Ireland.
- CAROLINE, Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe, operated by the Irish Research Council.
- TLRH-VRF, Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellows COFUND programme, operated by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute.
- APEX, APC Postdoctoral Excellence Programme, operated by APC Microbiome Ireland at University College Cork.
- ALECS, Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems, operated by LERO Centre at University of Limerick.
- Research Leaders 2025, A Fellowship Programme developing the Next Generation of Agri-Food Research Leaders, operated by Teagasc.
- Career-FIT PLUS, Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme, operated by Enterprise Ireland.
- Smart 4.0, fellowships in fundamental and/or applied research in the area of Smart Manufacturing operated by the Confirm Centre, University of Limerick.
- INTEGRATE: A Doctoral programme in Integrative Genomics operated by the CRT in Genomics Data Science at National University of Ireland, Galway.
- Human+: A fellowship programme in human-centred approaches to technology development operated by the Trinity Long Room Hub and ADAPT Centre at Trinity College Dublin.
- ADMIRE: A fellowship programme in Advanced materials science operated by the AMBER SFI Centre at Trinity College Dublin.
- DevelopMed: A fellowship programme in Precision oncology operated by the Systems Biology Ireland Centre at University College Dublin.