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News article25 May 2021Directorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

Commission awards Seal of Excellence certificates to 2,885 researchers

On 22 March, the Commission awarded 2,885 Seal of Excellence certificates to individual researchers under the MSCA call. The Seal of Excellence (SoE) quality label is awarded to applicants of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF) who scored highly in the call but in the end did not reach the funding because of budget limitations.

The 2020 Individual Fellowships call received record 11,300-plus proposals. However, only 1,630 applicants were funded.

Proposals obtaining at least 85% of the score get awarded the SoE quality label which underlines the value of these projects. The applicants proposing these projects may then use the SoE label to help find alternative funding. Thanks to SoE certificate, other funding bodies at national, regional and university-level are in a position to exploit the Horizon 2020 evaluation process if they wish.

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Publication date
25 May 2021
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation