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Marie S. Curie Special Needs Lump Sum Allowance (SNLS)


The Marie S. Curie Actions (MSCA) pay particular attention to physical accessibility and inclusion and provide financial support for the additional costs entailed by recruited researchers with disabilities whose long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments are as such that their participation in MSCA would not be possible without extra financial support.

Therefore, the University of Freiburg as MSCA beneficiary is now able to apply to the Research Executive Agency for a dedicated special needs grant in its FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP). This grant, which takes the form of a Coordination and Support Action (CSA), will cover the additional costs that researchers with disabilities face due to the increased costs of their mobility. It can be used, for example, to ensure necessary assistance by third persons or for adapting their work environment. It cannot cover costs which are already covered by another source, such as social security or health insurance.

The special needs allowance takes the form of a lump sum awarded to the University of Freiburg and will cover up to 100% of the eligible costs. It will be limited to a maximum of 60.000 € per researcher.

In order to be eligible for the SNLS grant, the researchers must fulfil the following conditions:

  • They comply with the eligibility conditions under their main MSCA grant (FCFP).
  • Their disabilities (long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments) are as such that their participation in the main MSCA grant would not be possible without extra financial support.
  • Their disability is officially recognised by the relevant national legislation.


A request for such an allowance can be made by the University of Freiburg as MSCA beneficiary. The request must be individual-based, include an estimated budget and explain the specific participation need(s) of the researcher concerned. With the help of independent experts, the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European commission will evaluate the request and decide based on the need(s) of the researcher and the budget availability.

The application period will be continuously open, the next suitable cut-off date for FCFP applicants is in April 2020.

Researchers applying for an FCFP fellowship who are interested in the Special Needs Lump Sum Allowance are invited to contact fcfp-fellowships@frias.uni-freiburg.de for further information.