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Marie Curie - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

* update 8 April 2021

Next Funding calls under Horizon Europe

  • There are no calls left that can be applied for under the Horizon 2020 programme.
  • The next EU calls that can be applied for will be under the next EU framework programme Horizon Europe (2021-2027).
  • The MSCA Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme under Horizon 2020 is now called MSCA Staff Exchanges under Horizon Europe.
  • The first MSCA Work Programme for 2021-2022 is expected to be published by mid-May. The MSCA Staff Exchanges 2021 Call will be released soon after, with an expected deadline of September 2021.
  • EC has confirmed that the UK will be able to take part in the first Horizon Europe calls, before UK association is signed. This includes the MSCA calls.
  • For further information on the next EU framework programme and UK participation, please consult our Horizon Europe page.


Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) promotes international and inter-sector collaboration by funding research and innovation staff exchanges. It aims to foster a culture of knowledge transfer to help turn creative ideas into actual innovative solutions, products or services.

Applications could be based on any area of research (apart from some atomic energy research that is covered by the EURATOM Treaty).

There is no more RISE call as part of Horizon 2020. The final H2020 RISE call deadline was 12 May 2020.

Eligibility conditions

Number of partners

A RISE application required a partnership with a minimum of three organisations based in three different countries that must respect one of the following conditions:

  • Two organisations located in two different EU Member States or Associated Countries and one organisation based in a Third Country (country which is not and EU or Association country); or
  • Three organisations based in three different EU Member States or Associated Countries, at least one of which is from the academic sector and one from the non-academic sector.

Above these requirements additional organisations from anywhere in the world, and from any sector, could take part in the project.

Please note that the terms of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement allows continued UK participation in Horizon 2020 (as if a Member State) until the end of the programme (2020). This includes the Marie Curie RISE call. For more information please consult our Brexit: Impact on EU Research Funding.

Other project requirements
  • Projects could last up to 48 months.
  • Funding for up to 540 months of staff secondments could be applied for.
  • The minimum duration of a secondment for individual members of staff is one month.
  • The maximum duration of a secondment for individual members of staff is 12 months. This can be spread across a series of shorter secondments.
  • Staff eligible for secondment under RISE can include researchers at any stage of their career as well as administrative, managerial and technical staff who support the research and innovation activities of the project.
  • All staff sent on secondment must have been actively employed or linked to the sending institution for one month before their first secondment and must be reintegrated into it after the end of their secondment.

For more information, please consult the RISE (2020) Guide for applicants as well as the call documents available on the RISE (2020) call page.


The budget is calculated using unit costs. It is based on the number of researcher months applied for.

Staff member unit cost
per person month of secondment
Institutional unit cost
per person month of secondment
Staff member unit costs Research, training and networking unit costs Management and indirect costs
€2100 €1,800 €700

The salary of seconded staff must continue to be paid by the sending organisation.
Staff member unit costs are a top up allowance intended to support the travel and subsistence costs of the secondees. All secondments must be detailed in the proposal, but not all of them will attract an allowance.

Only the following types of secondments could be used to calculate the size of the grant to be awarded:

  • Secondments between an academic sector organisation in one EU Member State or Associated Country and a non-academic sector organisation in a different EU Member State or Associated Country, and vice versa.
  • Secondments from an EU Member State or Associated Country organisation to a partner located in a Third Country.
  • Secondments from a Third Country to an EU Member State or Associated Country organisation provided the Third Country is listed as eligible for funding.

Secondments that do not attract funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Same country secondments.
  • Secondments between the same sector in different EU Member States or Associated Countries.
  • Secondments between Third Country organisations.
  • Secondments between organisations which are not independent from each other.

Evaluation, success rates and thresholds

Proposals were evaluated on three main criteria: the Excellence (50%)Impact (30%) and Implementation (20%) of the research and knowledge transfer programme.

To consult the full list of evaluation criteria, please download the H2020 Self-evaluation form for RISE.

The overall success rate for the 2019 call was 22%. A score of around 88% was required for an application to be funded.

Leeds co-ordinates one RISE project and is a partner in five others.

Project management

Post award support is provided by your Faculty Research and Innovation Office and the EU Post Award Team.

Contact us

If you have any queries related to MSCA RISE, please contact us.

To obtain Faculty approval for an application and to enter the application on the University's Kristal system, contact your Faculty Research & Innovation Office.