MSCA-RISE funds short-term exchanges of personnel between academic, industrial and commercial organisations throughout the world. It helps people develop their knowledge, skills and careers, while building links between organisations working in different sectors of the economy, including universities, research institutes and SMEs.

RISE projects must include at least three partners, which can be academic or non-academic organisations from three different countries. At least two of these should be from the EU or associated countries. The third one can be from outside the EU or associated countries, such as from Canada.

RISE projects should highlight: knowledge creation, sharing know-how, and skills development within the network. Research staff of any nationality and at any career level – from PhD preparation to experienced researchers – can be exchanged (called 'secondment' in Europe). Staff members working in managerial, technical or administrative roles can also take part. This scheme is open to all research areas, whether you are examining social issues like youth unemployment, or creating new solar power applications.

The RISE grant supports the exchange of staff members of European organisations for one month to one year. They must be engaged in or linked to research and innovation activities at their home organisation for a certain time prior to the staff exchange. They return to their home organisation after the exchange, to pass on their knowledge. European funding for a RISE project can last up to four years.

How can Canadian researchers become involved?
If you are a student (Master’s, PhD or post-doctoral fellow) or professor at a Canadian university, or if you are from a commercial entity in Canada undertaking research, you can host a researcher from the EU or an MSCA-RISE affiliate country.  To join a RISE project, Canadian researchers are invited to team up with their European colleagues and jointly submit an application during one of the next RISE calls for proposals (opening early December in 2018 and 2019, and closing early April in 2019 and 2020). Find the call modalities, award details, the guide for applicants, and European partners for the Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges program through the MSCA RISE webpage.

Students and postdoctoral fellows at Canadian universities also have the option of travelling to Europe to join a MSCA-RISE project hosted at a university or industry site:

  • To learn more on how to become hosted at a university affiliated with MSCA-RISE project, visit the Mitacs Globalink Research Award page. 
  • To learn more on how to become hosted at a commercial entity site affiliated with an MSCA-RISE project, visit the Mitacs Accelerate International page.