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Objective of MSCA and Citizens

The objective of the MSCA and Citizens action is to bring research and researchers closer to the public at large, with a focus notably on families, pupils and students. It does so through the organisation of the European Researchers’ Night, a research communication and promotion event taking place across EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries which aims to

  • contribute to promoting excellence research projects across Europe and beyond
  • increase awareness among the general public of the importance and benefits of research and innovation and showcase its concrete impact on citizens’ daily life
  • heighten young people’s interest in science and research careers

Every year on the last Friday of September, the European Researchers’ Night makes science accessible to all through activities which combine education with entertainment, such as exhibitions, hands-on experiments, science shows, games, competitions, quizzes and more.

Who can apply?

The European Researchers’ Night can be organised either by one single beneficiary or by several organisations constituting a partnership at regional, national or international level.

Legal entities eligible for EU funding (i.e. for being beneficiaries) are those established in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. The minimum condition is the participation of one legal entity.

Typical profiles of participating organisations include

  • research organisations (public/private)
  • companies
  • public authorities
  • science museums
  • foundations
  • media organisations

A single legal entity in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country applies. Additional partners can be included in the project.

What does the funding cover?

The European Researchers’ Night provides funding to cover expenses linked to the organisation of the events that can last up to two days: they can start on Friday and continue the following day. Pre-events, prior to the main event, and related post-events, such as wrap-up meetings or small-scale follow-up events, can also be organised.

Typically the activities are structured around 4 work packages

  1. awareness campaign
  2. activities during the NIGHT
  3. impact assessment and
  4. management

Researchers at Schools activities, which bring researchers to schools for direct interaction with teachers and pupils, are also included.

Eligible costs will take the form of lump sum contributions.

For the 2023 call, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals covering two successive editions (2024 and 2025) of the European Researchers' Night. They are also encouraged to focus on priorities identified by the Horizon Europe Missions and include activities relating to them in their events.

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Spain 196
Romania 73
Türkiye 69
Ireland 55
United Kingdom 55
Italy 52
France 38
Portugal 31
Belgium 30
Sweden 23
Germany 22
Greece 20
Netherlands 20
Denmark 18
Cyprus 16
Austria 16
Czech Republic 15
Croatia 14
Israel 14
Malaysia 14
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Norway 12
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Switzerland 10
Estonia 9
Slovenia 8
Australia 8
Colombia 8
Brazil 7
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Malta 7
Indonesia 6
North Macedonia 5
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Argentina 5
Chile 5
Georgia 5
Bulgaria 5
Poland 5
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Serbia 2
Mexico 2
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Kenya 2
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Ecuador 1
Pakistan 1
Ghana 1
Kosovo 1
Philippines 1
United States 1
Algeria 1
Libya 1
Ukraine 1
Singapore 1
Slovakia 1
Total 980
University 521
Research Centre 240
Other 70
Company (SME, Spin-off, Start-up) 61
Coorporation (Big Companies) 16
NGO 12
Hospital 11
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Museum 2
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