Here is some information to help you understand the budget of your MSCA fellowship at UiT.
|MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships||Contributions for the recruited researcher per person-month||Institutional unit contributions per person-month|
|Living allowance||Mobility allowance||Family allowance||Long-term leave allowance||Special needs allowance||Research, training and networking contribution||Management and indirect contribution|
|EUR 5080||EUR 600||EUR 660||EUR 5680 x % covered by the beneficiary||requested unit x 1/number of months||EUR 1000||EUR 650|
Source: Horizon Europe Work Program 2023-2024 MSCA Actions, page 86. A country correction coefficient applies to the living allowance in order to ensure equal treatment and purchasing power parity for all researchers. Norway's country correction coefficient is 128,7%. (List of all coefficients on page 113 in Work Program)
In MSCA-PF projects UiT will receive a grant from EU to cover two different forms of costs:
- Costs for the recruited researcher
- Institutional costs
Costs for the recruited researcher
The part of the grant that UiT receives to cover costs of the recruited researcher has to be spent on the fellow’s salary as well as taxes and social security deductions (holiday pay, pension, insurance and employer tax) related to the salary of the fellow. UiT can also spend this part of the grant on taxable grants paid to the fellow.
The amount UiT will receive to cover the costs of the recruited researcher is based on the unit costs set out in the grant agreement. UiT will receive living allowance and mobility allowance for all researchers. For researchers with families, UiT will receive family allowance. Family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised, or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher. The family status of a researcher will be determined at the date of the deadline of the call and will not be revised during the lifetime of the action. The family allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and is subject to the tax laws of the country of recruitment.
UiT's policy is to give our MSCA-PF postdocs the same salary as our regular postdocs, so UiT may top up the fellowship amount to match Norwegian postdoc salary levels. The exact salary grade you receive depends on position, research area, qualifications experience, etc. For postdocs the salary grade is usually 61. At a salary grade of 61 the total annual gross salary cost for UiT including all taxes and social contribution is approximately NOK 690 800 (it can be more or less depending on a number of factors, i.e. sick leave, holiday). The gross salary (salary before taxes) for the fellow with pay grade 60 is approximately NOK 553 500. How much the fellow will be paid after tax each month is individually calculated depending on a number of factors. You can calculate how much tax you will have to pay at The Norwegian Tax Administration’s website. You can find information about the salary system at UiT here.
The cost of the recruited researcher can be topped up from other funds. It is declared in EUR, but paid in NOK. Exchange rate: can apply a conservative rate and pay balance at end of the reporting period to ensure rate compliance.
Research, training & networking costs cover the costs of the RTN activities of the action (project). The unit cost for management and indirect costs should be used for the management of the action. Parts of Institutional costs can be transferred to Costs for the recruited researchers.
The institutional unit cost should be shared with entities with a capital or legal link which incurred costs for research training activities AND with partner organisations which incurred costs for hosting secondments.
Transfer between categories
Institutional costs can be transferred to costs for researchers, bu not the other way around. The costs for the researcher must be fully used for the researcher. The use of institutional costs is decided by the beneficiary.