Research & Innovation - Participant Portal


Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 09-04-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Budget €405,180,000 Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Excellent Science
OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013
Call summary


The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training, extending the traditional academic research training setting, and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It will provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sector mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.


ITN supports competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond.

Partnerships take the form of collaborative European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) or European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

Each programme should have a clearly identified supervisory board co-ordinating network-wide training and establishing active and continuous communication and exchange of best practice among the partners to maximise the benefits of the partnership.

The programme should exploit complementary competences of the participants, and enable networking activities, the organisation of workshops and conferences to facilitate sharing of knowledge, new skills acquisition and the career development of researchers.

Training responds to well identified needs in defined research areas, with appropriate references to interdisciplinary fields. It should be primarily focused on scientific and technological knowledge through research on individual, personalised projects.

In order to increase the employability of the researchers, the research training should be complemented by the meaningful exposure of each researcher to the non-academic sector and by substantial training modules addressing key transferable skills common to all fields (e.g. entrepreneurship, management and financing of research activities and programmes, management of intellectual property rights, other exploitation methods of research results, ethical aspects, communication, standardisation and societal outreach). The training follows the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training.

In EID and EJD, enrolment in a doctoral programme and the creation of a joint governance structure - with joint admission (EJD only), selection, supervision, monitoring and assessment procedures - is mandatory. In the case of EJD, the successful completion of the programme must result in the award of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees.

Attention is paid to the quality of supervision and mentoring arrangements as well as career guidance. Joint supervision of the researchers is mandatory for EJD and for EID, and encouraged in ETN. In EID, the joint supervision of the researcher must be ensured by at least one supervisor from the academic sector and one supervisor from the non-academic sector.

A Career Development Plan should be established jointly by the supervisor(s) and the early-stage researcher recruited by the selected network. In addition to research objectives, this plan comprises the researcher's training and career needs, including planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Call updates
  • 05-09-2014 16:27:03

    An overview of the evaluation results (Flash Call Information) is now available under the tab 'Call documents'.

  • 01-09-2014 16:18:21

    Indicative timetable
    - Indicative date for informing applicants about the outcome of the evaluation: by 9th September 2014.
    - Signing of grant agreements for proposals proposed for funding: within 3 months from the date of informing applicants.

  • 15-04-2014 14:53:40

    A total of 1,164 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic is shown below:
    - European Training Networks (ETN): 1,004 proposals (86% of total)
    - European Industrial Doctorates (EID): 107 proposals (9% of total)
    - European Joint Doctorates (EJD): 53 proposals (5% of total)

  • 05-03-2014 17:37:16

    A checklist on Ethics Issues is now available in the "Call Documents" section. It provides guidance on the information to be provided by applicants in the Part B (section 6) of proposals raising ethical issues.

  • 05-03-2014 17:35:51

    A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the ITN 2014 call is now available in the "Call Documents" section. All FAQs are also published at

  • 31-01-2014 15:13:02 The submission session is now available for: MSCA-ITN-2014-EID(MSCA-ITN-EID), MSCA-ITN-2014-EJD(MSCA-ITN-EJD), MSCA-ITN-2014-ETN(MSCA-ITN-ETN)
  • 19-12-2013 15:36:17

    Please note that a revised version of the Guide for Applicants has been uploaded. The document now refers to the 'current version of the Work Programme' instead of the 'current version of the People Work Programme' (p. 30/48, 1st paragraph, last sentence). 


Topics and submission service

To access the Submission Service, please select the TOPIC of your interest and then open the Submission Service tab.
To access existing draft proposals, please login to the portal and select My Proposals from the My Area menu.

A proposal is submitted to a specific topic. The full set of information for preparing a proposal for a topic (eligibility and evaluation conditions, proposal templates, evaluation forms, etc.) is available on the topic conditions page. Select a topic from the call description page or go to Search Topics.

Download all documents
(EN only, incl. the additional docs.)

  • Guide for Applicants ITN 2014 en
  • MSCA - Descriptors 2014 en
  • Ethics Issues: Checklist en
  • FAQs ITN 2014 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 3. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Flash Call Information en

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European IPR Helpdesk assists you on intellectual property issues.

The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their recruitment.

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H2020 Online Manual your online guide on the procedures from proposal submission to managing your grant.