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HiOA celebrates two Marie Curie grants

Two researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences (SAM) have been awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) grants for research stays at universities in the UK.

Anniken Jess Iversen Published: Updated:
Portrettbilde av smilende Maria og Rune. De er begge pyntet til fest, og står inntil en tavle.

Rune Halvorsen og Maria Konow Lund

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) grants provide a great opportunity for long research stays at respected academic environments for

  • Rune Halvorsen: PODI - Realizing the political rights of persons with disabilities, Leeds University
  • Maria Konow Lund: SCOOP, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

HiOA among the best in Europe

‘MSCA provides grants for outstanding research and, along with Erasmus+, is one of the European Commission’s most important instruments for supporting knowledge flow in Europe. There’s tough competition and it is impressive that two HiOA researchers succeeded in getting their project outlines accepted,’ says Per M Kommandantvold of the Research Council of Norway.

‘The European Commission received 8,829 applications for Individual Fellowships (IF) for stays abroad in the most recent call for applications. Of these, 1,071 were selected, which gives a success rate of 13.1 per cent. This means that the researchers have fought among the European elite and succeeded.’

As the National Contact Point for MSCA, Kommandantvold hopes that other researchers at HiOA will be inspired by the achievements of Konow Lund and Halvorsen. ‘This strengthens the individual researchers’ standing, but also the reputation of their departments and the institution, both nationally and internationally. Congratulations,’ says Kommandantvold.

About Marie Curie Actions

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) has awarded grants to over 100,000 researchers over the past 20 years. The EU's framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, has chosen to categorise MSCA under the Excellent Science pillar along with the European Research Council (ERC). The reason for this is that MSCA provides grants for outstanding research and, along with Erasmus+, is one of the European Commission’s most important instruments for supporting knowledge flow in Europe.

MSCA- og ERC-seminars

The R&D department is holding seminars about Marie Curie Actions and ERC (Horizon 2020). Would you like to work on your own research project and move between different countries and sectors to acquire new knowledge and skills? Do you want to apply for an ERC grant or continue to develop your CV and project idea? If so, this workshop could be for you.

Please contact the EU team leader at the R&D department, Vibeke Moe, for more information about Marie Curie Actions and ERC (Horizon 2020).