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Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

Are you looking for high quality doctoral-level training in and outside academia?

Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers.

The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

Types of Innovative Training Networks

ITN project proposals may take one of three forms:

European Training Networks (ETN)

Joint research training, implemented by at least three partners from in and outside academia.

The aim is for the researcher to experience different sectors and develop their transferable skills by working on joint research projects.

The organisations should be established in at least three different  EU or associated countriespdf Choose translations of the previous link .

Additional participants from any organisation anywhere in the world can also join a network.

European Industrial Doctorates (EID)

Joint doctoral training delivered by at least one academic partner entitled to award doctoral degrees, and at least one partner from outside academia, primarily enterprise. Each participating researcher is enrolled in a doctoral programme and is jointly supervised by supervisors from the academic and non-academic sector, where they spend at least 50% of their time.

The aim is for the doctoral candidates to develop skills inside and outside academia that respond to public and private sector needs.

The organisations should be established in at least two different EU or associated countriespdf Choose translations of the previous link . A wider set of partner organisations from anywhere in the world may also complement the training.

European Joint Doctorates (EJD):

A minimum of three academic organisations form a network with the aim of delivering joint, double or multiple degrees. Joint supervision of the research fellow and a joint governance structure are mandatory.

The aim is to promote international, intersectoral and multi/interdisciplinary collaboration in doctoral training in Europe.

The organisations should be from different EU or associated countriespdf Choose translations of the previous link . The participation of additional organisations from anywhere in the world, including from the non-academic sector, is encouraged.

Who can apply?

This action is meant primarily for organisations such as universities, research centres or companies, that propose a research training network.

Individuals can apply for the specific positions created by these networks. These are advertised on Euraxess.

What can be funded?

All research areas can be funded except those covered by the EURATOM Treatypdf as referred to in article 4 and Annex I.

The proposed research training or doctoral programme should respond to well-identified multi- and interdisciplinary needs in scientific and technological research areas, expose the researcher to different sectors, and offer a comprehensive set of transferable skills (such as entrepreneurship and communication).

Proposals should reflect existing or planned research cooperation among the partners, involving the researchers through individual, personalised research projects.

Mobility across borders is a must.

What does the funding cover?

Grants cover:

  • recruitment and training of each researcher for up to three years. The researcher is hired under an employment contract and benefits from a monthly living allowance, social security cover, a mobility and family allowance.
  • research costs including the organisation of joint activities and conferences.
  • management and overhead costs.

At the level of the organisation, the maximum duration of an ITN project is four years.

Who decides?

ITN projects are selected through an open competition and transparent, independent evaluation, using a series of pre-determined criteria as set out in the Work Programmepdf Choose translations of the previous link  and its General Annexespdf Choose translations of the previous link .

How do we apply?

Proposals are submitted in reply to a call for proposals. All open calls and related information such as the Guide for Applicants and full eligibility criteria can be found at the Participant Portal.

Advice and information can also be found through the National Contact Points and Horizon 2020 Helpdesk.

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