This report is drafted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based insights into the performance of successful applicants in the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action (MSCA) fellowship scheme in order to support policymaking in the European Research Area. The scientific output expressed does not imply a policy position of the European Commission.
MSCA applicants from South and Eastern European countries underperform researchers from North Western Europe before receiving the grant. However, the median difference disappears by the time of the grant and in the period after this. Due to a higher number of outliers (top performers) among the researchers from North Western Europe, the mean impact scores do remain significantly higher.