Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Staff exchange between Member State and Third Country institutions from the academic and non-academic sector with the aim of knowledge transfer

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RISE supports joint research projects of European and Third Country institutions from the academic and non-academic sector with the objective to strengthen partnerships and promote knowledge transfer. This is implemented by secondments, i.e. the exchange of researchers as well as technicians and management staff. RISE shall thus help to transform creative ideas into innovative projects and to provide the participants with supplementary skills.

Participation requirements for institutions

Consortia must be composed of at least three independent participants from three different countries, at least two of these countries being Member States or Associated Countries. Once this minimum requirement has been fulfilled, additional organisations from Member States, Associated Countries or Third Countries may participate. If all participating institutions belong to the same sector, one of the institutions must be established in a Third Country.

Support for the exchange of personnel between institutions from EU Member States and/or Associated Countries covers intersectoral secondments only. Exchanges between institutions established in Member States or Associated Countries and Third Countries can be both intersectoral and within the same sector. Secondments between institutions located in third countries or within the same EU Member State or Associated Country will not be supported.

Participation requirements for researchers

Both early-stage and experienced researchers are eligible for these staff exchanges, as are administrative, managerial and technical staff directly involved in the research and innovation activities of the proposal. At the date of secondment, the seconded staff must have been actively and continuously engaged in – or linked to – research and/or innovation activities at the sending institution for at least one month (full-time equivalent).

The seconded staff member shall be devoted full-time to the project during the secondment period. The period of secondment may be between one and twelve months followed by a mandatory reintegration measure.

Mobility rules

The mobility rule does not apply.

Duration of the project

The duration of the project is limited to 48 months.

Duration of secondments

The secondment of a staff member may be split into several shorter stays, but is limited to the maximum duration of twelve months and must not exceed the duration of the project.

Financial aspects

Funding is awarded in lump sums covering personnel costs as well as support for the institutions with regard to project costs, management and indirect costs.

The financial support may not exceed 540 person months.


Project proposals for the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange scheme are submitted by a consortium of organisations, with one of the organisations acting as coordinator.


Calls for proposals are listed here.