Horizon 2020 statistics for MSCA released: India tops the ranking!

For the first time, India ranks first worldwide among non-European countries in the number of successful grants under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) under the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).

India is furthermore number 5 worldwide, only behind Italy, Spain, Germany and France, in terms of number of researchers involved in the MSCAs.

Under Horizon 2020 the MCSA consisted of four main actions:

  • Innovative Training Network (ITN) for doctoral fellowships
  • Individual Fellowships (IF) for postdoctoral fellowships
  • COFUND, for both doctoral and postdoctoral research
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).


In 2020 alone, 2,068 Indian researchers were funded by MSCA, overtaking China with 2036 successful applications! 

The successful researchers come from 23 different Indian organisations. Some interesting breakdown:

  • India has been especially successful under the ITN action with 1093 successful applicants;
  • 450 Indian researchers obtained a grant for postdoctoral research (IF);
  • 398 researchers were successful in obtaining funding through the COFUND action;
  • Under RISE (renamed Staff Exchange Action (SE) in Horizon Europe) 14 Indian institutions are participating;
  • 32% of the researchers involved in MSCA actions are female, and 68% male;
  • Most popular country destinations for Indian researchers in Europe are Germany, France and the UK;
  • The top country for collaboration with Indian researchers and institutions outside of Europe is the US, followed by Canada and China.


EURAXESS India and the Delegation of the European Union to India have throughout 2020 provided Indian researchers and applicants support, and conducted webinars and disseminated information on the MSCA and other funding calls under the EU’s R&I Framework Programme.


H.E. Ugo ASTUTO, Ambassador of the European Union to India said: 

“Being at the top for MSCA grants once again highlights India’s scientific excellence. We hope that direct exchanges between European and Indian researchers will further strengthen EU-India collaboration under Horizon Europe.”

Tania Friederichs, Head of Research and Innovation Section in the EU Delegation to India, added to the congratulations for their successful participation in the MCSA:

"I wish all researchers an unforgettable time in Europe and count on them to become our MCSA Ambassadors as it is very important to keep up the good performance and spirit: we need you to live in a healthy and happy planet."


EURAXESS India congratulates all Indian researchers funded by the MSCA in 2020!