COFUND in a nutshell

The COFUND scheme is one of the various MSCA instruments. It offers additional funding to regional, national and international programmes for research training and career development. COFUND programmes encourage the movement of researchers across borders and provide good working conditions. The scheme can support doctoral and fellowship programmes.

About COFUND 

The objective of the instrument:

The COFUND scheme aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.

The expected impact of the instrument:

The COFUND scheme will on a voluntary basis exploit synergies between European Union actions and those at regional and national level, as well as with other actions at international level. The scheme will have a leverage effect on regional, national or international funding programmes for early-stage researchers and experienced researchers.

This impact is expected to extend to:

  1. Enabling the relevant regional, national and international actors to contribute significantly to the development within their own setting of high quality human resources, by introducing and/or further developing the trans-national dimension of their offers;
  2. Increasing the numerical and/or qualitative impact, in terms of supported researchers or working/employment conditions;
  3. Combating fragmentation in terms of objectives, evaluation methods and working conditions of regional, national or international offers in this area.