Funding organisation:Europese Commissie
Program:H2020 – Skills en loopbaanontwikkeling (Marie Skodowska-Curie acties)

The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) are part of the Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and aim to bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide. If selected, they will cooperate to recruit researchers and provide them with opportunities to undertake research in the context of a joint research training and/or doctoral programme. The ITN research grants offer funding for up to three years. 

ITN proposals can take one of the three froms below, each with different participation requirements:

  1. European Training Networks (ETN): these networks offer intersectoral and interdisciplinary joint research training and aim to develop the transferable skills of researchers. An ETN is composed of at least 3 beneficiaries of at least 3 different member states or associated countries*. The partners are from in and outside academia. It is recommended to keep the size of the consortium between 6 and 10 beneficiaries. 
  2. European Industrial Doctorates (EID) aim for early-stage researchers to develop skills inside and outside academia that match public and private sector needs. Each participating researcher is enrolled in a doctoral programme, spends at least 50% of the time in the non-academic sector and is jointly supervised by supervisors from the academic and non-academic sector. The network is composed of at least 2 beneficiaries established in 2 different EU or associated countries. At least one of the beneficiaries is from the non-academic sector.
  3. European Joint Doctorates (EJD) promote international, inter-sectoral and multi/interdisciplinary doctoral training in Europe through the creation of joint doctoral programmes that lead to the delivery of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees. The networks are composed of at least 3 academic organisations from 3 different member states or associated countries. The participation of additional organisations from anywhere in the world, including from the non-academic sector, is encouraged. It is recommended to keep the size of the consortium between 4 and 8 beneficiaries. 

*More information on the member states and associated countries can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Joint supervision of the researchers is mandatory for EJD and for EID, and encouraged in ETN.
In EID and EJD, fellowships should lead to a doctoral degree.

In ETN, every beneficiary must recruit, host and supervise at least 1 researcher.
For EID and EJD, there are two possibilities:

  • A researcher is employed 100% by a beneficiary and sent to other beneficiaries or partner organisations.
  • A researcher is recruited separatly by each beneficiary for the period of time they spend there.

All research areas can be funded (except those covered by the EURATOM Treaty as referred to in article 4 and Annex I).
The participating organisations are from the academic or non-academic sector.

All researchers recruited in an ITN must be early-stage researchers. This means the researchers are in the first four years of their research careers and don’t have a doctoral degree yet.
Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake mobility and have to comply with the mobility rule which states that researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months, 3 years before the recruitment date. 

Proposals have to be submitted using the H2020 Participant Portal.

More information?
More information can be found in the ITN Guide for Applicants.

NCP Flanders and the other Belgian National Contact Points (NCP’s) are organising an information session on the 2019 ITN call. The information session is organised to support researchers in the preparation of their application. 

When? Friday, October 5, 12h00 – 18h00
Where? University Foundation, Room Félicien Cattier (Egmontstraat 11, 1000 Brussel)
Register? The information session is free of charge, but please register online
More information can be found on the event website.


Contact Hasselt University?
Tel.: +3211269043