Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF): Call for expressions of interest

    15/04/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Norway, Kristiansand
    The University of Agder
    Faculty of Health and Sports Science

The Faculty of Health and Sports Science, University of Agder, Norway, invites expressions of interest from excellent postdoctoral researchers to apply for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) scheme with the University of Agder as the host organisation. We encourage expressions of interest within the following fields of research:



Suggested topics

Centre for eHealth

Computer Science


Digital Health/User-centred design/Usability

Center for Care Research



Dementia, social science, implementation science, program evaluation, mixed methods

Sport Science and Physical Education

Sport Science



Exercise oncology, Youth Sports, Active commuting, Physical activity and health research

Sport Science and Physical Education

Sport Science


Training monitoring, stress/strain quantification, endurance training, digital tools, cortisol responses

Sport Science and Physical Education

Sport Science


Sport psychology, motivation, athletic development

Sport Science and Physical Education

Sport Science


Physical activity and health, device-based measures of physical activity and sedentary time, surveillance of population levels of physical activity

Psychosocial Health

Mental Health


Discourse theory, Notions of Mental Health and Mental Illness, Public health, Health promotion

Psychosocial Health

Mental Health


Mental Health, social relations, dialogical theory, dialogical practice, democracy

Health and Nursing Sciences


Nursing informatics, nursing education, decision support systems, evidence-based practice, terminologies

Health and Nursing Sciences



Nursing ethics, rehabilitation, research ethics, nursing education


Health and Nursing Sciences



Palliative care, patient-reported outcomes (PRO), pain and quality of life



Eligibility criteria

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a living allowance covering one to two years' salary, a mobility allowance, as well as research, training and networking costs and overheads for the host institution. The applicants submit proposals for funding jointly with the host organisation (UiA). The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals are evaluated on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation. All domains of research and technological development are eligible for funding.

Formal requirements1 for the applicants at the date of the call deadline:

  • A doctoral degree
  • All nationalities
  • At the call deadline (September 2021), the applicant must have a maximum of 6 years of full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the applicant was inpossession of a doctoral degree
  • The applicant cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (Norway) for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately before the call deadline
  • Only one proposal per individual researcher may be submitted to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call

1Formal requirements are subject to change pending the acceptance of the final MSCA work programme


About the host institution

The University of Agder (UiA) is a major education and research institution located in the south of Norway, divided between two campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad, respectively. The University has an administrative and academic staff of more than 1300 and enrols more than 13 000 students. Research conducted is distributed broadly across both the natural and social sciences, with separate faculties dedicated to engineering and basic sciences, health and sports, fine arts, business and law, humanities and education and social sciences.

The Faculty of Health and Sports Science has a wide range of research communities and invites expression of interests within various fields. Through teaching, research and dissemination, the faculty strives to promote health, nutrition, physical activity, care and quality of life from a health promotion perspective. The faculty provides health personnel, teachers and other educators with useful knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at UiA educates students at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD-level in sports, focusing on movement, performance development, the trainer role and physical activity. We are tightly involved in physical education in the teacher education program, and outdoor play in the kindergarten teacher education. Outdoor education or “friluftsliv” is also part of our study programs. With research groups connected to our educational programmes, some central research areas are physiological-, psychological- and sociological adaptions to or through sport, physical activity and health and physical education. The department collaborates with several national and international research institutions, various sports clubs, schools and kindergartens in the region, both through practice in studies and teacher education and through various research projects.

The Department of Psychosocial Health consists of an interdisciplinary research environment, and hosts three research groups; «An including Society», «RESEX- REsearch group in SEXology», and «Dialogical practices».Key research areas are community mental health work, dialogical practices, sexology and sexual health, family therapy, dialogical practices, behavioural psychology, needs-driven innovation for people with intellectual disabilities, adverse childhood experiences and health, substance use and family. The Department collaborates with research environments both nationally and internationally, and has extensive cooperation with both non-governmental organizations, user-controlled centres, municipalities and hospitals in the region.

The Department of Health and Nursing Science at UiA educates students in nursing, health and social informatics, clinical health science and various fields of speciality nursing. Some key research areas are e-health, care research, quality of life, ethics and quality in health services and patient safety. The department has extensive cooperation with municipalities, organisations and institutions such as Sørlandet Hospital HF, both through practice in the studies and through various research projects. The department is focused on building international networks. Within nursing, we have cooperation with universities and research communities in Africa, Australia and the United States.

Centre for Care Research, South is one of five regional centres for care research in Norway, established by the Ministry of Health and Care Services in 2008. The objective of the Centre is to strengthen practice-based research and development, disseminate research to the municipalities and education sector and contribute to skills development in the municipal health and care services. The center has a special responsibility for collaboration with and guidance of the Centre for Development of Institutional and Home Care Services.

The Centre for eHealth conducts cross-disciplinary and user-oriented research on the utilisation of digital healthcare technologies. The Centre is one of six centres awarded the status of Priority research centres and is among UiAs flagships for research at an international level. A diverse group of researchers, comprising 10 Professors, 10 Associate Professors, 2 postdocs and 8 PhD students, bring competence from the health sciences, technology research, information systems, media and communication studies, medical anthropology, health law, and ethics. The Centre has an active collaboration with local healthcare providers and national and international researchers. It has a particular focus on patient-centred health services, e.g. digital homecare, solutions for self-management, independent living and social inclusion, and on the utilisation of patient-generated health data.

For more information on the faculty, its departments and centres, please visit:



How to apply?

Submit your expression of interest via e-mail christine.svarstad[at]uia.no, including a single PDF file consisting of:

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 4 pages)
  • Summary of the project idea (max 1 page)

Deadline for submissions 15 April 2021

Candidates for further interactions will be pre-selected following an internal evaluation led by our Principal Investigators. The candidates will be informed of the pre-selection results no more than three weeks after the deadline. The UiA research services will support all the selected applicants in preparing the final proposals.

For more information, please contact christine.svarstad[at]uia.no




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