itn 2019 coordinators info day

The MSCA-ITN Coordinators' Day took place in Brussels on 22 November 2019.

234 participants (coordinators and project/financial managers) from 148 MSCA-ITN projects participated in the full-day event, as well as representatives from National Contact Points and the European Commission.

The Deputy Director General of DG Education, Culture and Youth, Viviane Hoffmann, the Director of the Research Executive Agency (REA), Marc Tachelet and the Head of REA's Department A, Alessandra Luchetti opened the meeting and welcomed all participants.

The Coordinators' Info Day was a unique opportunity for coordinators not only to familiarise themselves with the rules and procedures of the ITN action, but also to meet the Project Officers in person and discuss the details for the implementation of their projects. Participants came from 22 countries and included representatives from 5 National Contact Points and 127 organisations.

Have a look at the full programme here.

The MSCA ITN scheme 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. The current call to train early-stage researchers is open until 14 January 2020.


Video recordings of the sessions

  1. Welcome and opening remarks
  2. Morning session


3. Afternoon session


Parallel sessions



During the presentation on Finance given at the Coordinator’s Info Day on 22 November 2019, it was mentioned that Institutional costs (category B1) should cover the visa related fees of the recruited researchers as well as those of their families (when applicable). The second part of this statement is incorrect as not legally supported. The pdf uploaded above has been already corrected.

As stated in the Annotated Grant Agreement (see article 6.2B), the costs of visa related fees cannot be extended to the visa costs related to the researcher’s family members; nor can the latter be comprised in the definition of “costs for the implementation of the action” that, in compliance with art.32.1(j) (as from v. 5.0), beneficiaries must ensure are not borne by the researchers.

The visa related fees for family members should rather be considered as family-related costs and should therefore be covered by the family allowance.

As a best practice and when feasible, the REA nevertheless encourages the payment of visa related fees for family members without this being legally binding.