Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme will promote international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa). The scheme fosters a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes. RISE involves organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) and outside Europe (third countries).

Support is provided for the development of partnerships in the form of a joint research and innovation project. This is aimed at knowledge sharing via international as well as intersectoral mobility, based on secondments of research and innovation staff (exchanges) with an in-built return mechanism.

The organisations constituting the partnership contribute directly to the implementation of a joint research and innovation project by seconding and/or hosting eligible staff members. Secondments shall always take place between legal entities independent from each other.

RISE should exploit complementary competences of the participating organisations, as well as other synergies, and enable networking activities, organisation of workshops and conferences to facilitate sharing of knowledge, new skills acquisition and career development for research and innovation staff members.

Application Pre-conditions

RISE projects can focus;

  • either on one dimension of mobility (intersectoral / international),
  • or include a combination of both.

Exchanges can be for both early-stage and experienced researchers' levels and can also include administrative, managerial and technical staff directly involved in the research and innovation activities of the proposal. Support for the exchanges between institutions within Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) covers only intersectoral secondments. Exchanges with institutions from and to third countries can be intersectoral as well as 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.

Financial Aspects

The grant supports the secondment of staff members for one month to one year. They must be engaged in or linked to research and innovation activities for at least six months prior to the secondment. They return to the sending organisation after the secondment, to pass on their knowledge. Funding for a RISE project can last up to four years.


Call Information

2019 RISE call for proposals has been opened on December 4th, 2018. The deadline for submission of proposals is April 2nd, 2019

Please click for the Guide for Applicants of 2019 Call.

Please click for the 2019 Proposal Template for writing your proposal. 

Please click for the European Commission page for proposal submission.

If you are planning to apply as a coordinator from Turkey, you might be interested in TUBITAK Coordinatos' support Programme. Please click for more detail.


  • If in exceptional cases (especially with regard to PhD candidates in certain countries) no salary/stipend/other type of remuneration exists prior to the secondment the beneficiaries/partners are strongly encouraged to provide an additional financial remuneration to its seconded staff members. Please click to see the exceptions and explanations from European Commision. Explanation regarding PhD students please click.