The Government of Romania is promoting a new scheme for EU researchers as part of the country’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The Romanian Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization has created a new scheme for MSCA Seal of Excellence holders who applied to Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe or Individual Fellowships under Horizon 2020.

The Ministry has published documents and updates on the new scheme in Romanian as well as a guide for applicants in English.

The scheme will allow EU researchers to put in place outstanding projects in Romanian research institutions. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

The scheme is part of the country’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan. It is the first example of using the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support MSCA Seal of Excellence holders.

About the MSCA Seal of Excellence

The MSCA Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to applicants of Postdoctoral Fellowships and COFUND who achieved a high score in their applications (85% or more) but unfortunately were not awarded funding due to budgetary constraints.

The MSCA Seal of Excellence

  • underlines the value of these projects, which may use it to help find alternative funding
  • allows other funding bodies such as national, regional and university-level schemes to support MSCA proposals holding the label and take advantage of the Horizon Europe evaluation process

Source: European Commission I Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (