Horizon Europe: Unipd places first in Italy for funded projects


The European Commission announces the winners of the Horizon Europe - Action Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 Call (MSCA-PF-2022), awarding the University of Padua with top results for 15 projects set to receive European funding and 13 projects placed on a reserve list.

UniPD Departments set to receive funds include the Department of Chemical Sciences (5 projects), the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World (4 projects), the Department of Geosciences (2 Fellowships), and 1 funded project each for the Department of Biology, Department of Molecular Medicine, Department of Biomedical Sciences, and the Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science.

Established as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary institute, the University of Padua attracts students thanks to its international level of excellent research and by offering a wide range of possibilities for those interested in undertaking research activities through the pursuit of innovative ideas.

Since 2014, 106 post-doc research awardees of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action have chosen the University of Padua as their host institute. This growing community of young talent serves to prove the attractiveness of the University of Padua as an avant-garde institution in the various sectors of scientific research.

Of the 15 projects financed for a total of 3,338,343.30 euros, 7 are European Postdoctoral Fellowships (those carrying out projects in the EU or countries associated with Horizon Europe) and 8 are Global Postdoctoral Fellowships (those carrying our projects for 1 to 2 years outside the EU or countries associated with Horizon Europe before returning to Europe).

In addition to the 15 funded UniPD projects, 19 other projects scored equal to or above 85% and were awarded the MSCA Seal of Excellence.  While such projects are not funded by Horizon Europe due to budgetary constraints they do receive support in securing alternative funding from national or regional authorities. In this case, the University of Padua offers funding thanks to the MSCA Seal of Excellence @ UNIPD initiative. As a first of its kind in Italy, the initiative awards a grant of 50,000 euros per year, through a dedicated call for applications, to projects that designate the University of Padua as the host institution. The initiative aims to encourage wider participation by the most qualified international researchers in the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship Calls under Horizon Europe.