Funding scheme: MSCA-ITN

Innovative Training Networks (ITN) drive scientific excellence and innovation. They bring together universities, research institutes and other sectors from across the world to train researchers to doctorate level.


There are three types of Research networks:

  • European Training Networks;
  • European Industrial Doctorates; and
  • European Joint Doctorates.

European Training Networks help researchers gain experience of different working environments while developing transferable skills.

They must involve at least three partners from inside and outside academia. Organisations managing such a network should be established in at least three different EU or associated countries, though additional participants can join from across the world.

European Industrial Doctorates help PhD candidates step outside academia and develop skills in industry and business.

This type of network is provided by at least one academic partner and partners from the business world. Individuals are enrolled in a doctoral programme and jointly supervised by the academic and non-academic partners.

Organisations offering Industrial Doctorates should be established in at least two different EU or associated countries, though others are welcome to join.

European Joint Doctorates promote international collaboration that cuts across different business and research sectors.

They are run by a minimum of three academic organisations forming a network to supervise joint, double or multiple degrees. These organisations should be from different EU or associated countries. Other bodies can join from anywhere across the world, including the non-academic sector.


All research areas can be funded – from molecular biology to urban development.

Proposals should:

- reflect existing or planned research cooperation among the partners;

- involve the researchers through personalised research projects

- explain how the recruitment of the researchers, who must come from another country, will be open and transparent


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, plus a mobility and family allowance.

- research costs including the organisation of joint activities and conferences.

management and indirect costs.

- The maximum duration of an ITN project is four years.



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