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MSCA Special Needs Allowance

The MSCA pay particular attention to physical accessibility and inclusion and foresee financial support for the additional costs entailed by recruited or seconded researchers/staff members with disabilities whose long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments[[See Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities]] are as such that their participation in MSCA would not be possible without extra financial support.

Therefore, in addition to the amounts set out in the table below, beneficiaries will be able to apply to the Research Executive Agency for a dedicated special needs grant in ITN, IF, RISE and COFUND. This grant, which takes the form of a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) will cover the additional costs that researchers/staff members with disabilities face due to the increased costs of their mobility. It can also be used to ensure necessary assistance by third persons or for adapting their work environment[[See Article 5 of the Council Directive 2000/78/Ec of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation]]. It cannot cover costs which are already covered by another source, such as social security or health insurance.

A request for such an allowance can be made by the beneficiary. The request must include an estimated budget and explain the specific participation need(s) of the researcher/staff member concerned. The Agency will evaluate the request and decide on the basis of the needs of the researcher/staff member and budget availability.

The special needs allowance will take the form of a lump sum awarded in the form of a low value grant to an identified beneficiary and will cover up to 100% of eligible costs[[ This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 190(1)(e) of the Rules of applications of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 966/2012, Regulation No 1268/2012 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013.]]. It will be limited to a maximum of EUR 60,000 per researcher/staff member and will be available as of Q1 2019.

Only researchers/staff members with disabilities who are eligible researchers/staff members under a Horizon 2020 MSCA grant are eligible for the special needs grant.