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Innovative Training Networks: Innovative training for researchers

As part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programme, Innovative Training Networks support innovative doctoral training programmes for young researchers. The 2020 call is currently open until January 14.

A central component of the Marie Curie Actions

The Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) are one of the 5 activities of the “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions” programme, the career component of Horizon 2020. The MSCA programme aims at enhancing the career of researchers in both the public and private sectors by supporting, mainly, European training and mobility projects. Its specificity: the programme is open to all scientific disciplines, including Social sciences and Humanities, from basic research to innovation.

The Innovative Training Networks fund innovative doctoral training programmes, based on ambitious research projects. Thus, they are based on a strong collaboration between academic (research centers, universities…) and non-academic (companies, SMEs, industries, etc.) organisations. The objective is to train a new generation of researchers in Europe, and develop their potential for entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

ITN calls in practice

Innovative Training Networks projects generally receive grants between €3 and €4 million for a maximum period of 48 months. In concrete terms, this represents up to 15 PhD thesis funded! The current call, which opened on 12 September, will close on 14 January 2020 at 5pm, Brussels time (see the Participant Portal – Funding & Tenders).

This ITN call consists of three sub-calls:

  • ETNs (European Training Networks): these “classic” collaborative training networks must bring together at least 3 partners from 3 different EU Member States or H2020 associated countries. The participation of the non-academic sector and the joint supervision of young researchers are strongly recommended.
  • European Industrial Doctorates (EID) focus on collaborations between academic and non-academic sectors. They must include at least 2 partner organisations from 2 different European countries.
  • EJDs (European Joint Doctorates) aim at creating joint doctoral programmes between two or more European universities. Eligibility: a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different countries.

Get support for your ITN proposal

Would you like to know more about the ITN call for proposals? On 6 Novembre 2019, Net4Mobility+, the NCP network for MSCA will organise a free webinar on the programme with a special focus on ITNs. To register > here.

As often in Horizon 2020, the success rate of proposals submitted to ITN calls is quite low (about 7%). At Euronovia, our success rate reaches 45 %. We can help you structure and enhance your ITN proposal and have created a special offer with our expert consultants in MSCA collaborative projects. To benefit from a tailored assistance for the submission of your H2020 proposals, do not hesitate to contact us.

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