H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 – Innovative Training Networks


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 provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral 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 participating organisations, and enable sharing of knowledge, networking activities, the organisation of workshops and conferences.
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.
Secondments of the researcher to other beneficiaries and partner organisations are encouraged.
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.

In EID and EJD, fellowships offered to early-stage researchers should lead to a doctoral degree. EJD result in joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees awarded by institutions from at least two different countries. .

Participants can be divided in two groups based on their level of participation:
Beneficiaries: signatory to the agreement
Beneficiaries are full partners with complete responsibility for executing the proposed programme and other requirements of the project. They contribute directly to the implementation of the research training programme by appointing, supervising, hosting and training researchers. They may also provide secondment opportunities.
Partner organisations: non-signatory of the agreement
Partner organisations are non-beneficiary organisations contributing to the project by providing training and hosting researchers during secondments. Partner organisations do not employ researchers within the project. Partner organisations shall include a letter of commitment in the proposal to ensure their real and active participation in the proposed network. The experts will be instructed to disregard the contribution of any partner organisations for which no such evidence of commitment is submitted.

For ITN:
For ITN European Training Networks (ETN) and ITN European Joint Doctorates (EJD): the consortium must be composed of at least three beneficiaries located in three different EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.
In order to reach the objectives of EJD, at least three beneficiaries must be entitled to award doctoral degrees. Letters of commitment to award the joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees must be included in the proposal.
For ITN European Industrial Doctorates (EID): the consortium must be composed of at least two independent beneficiaries located in two different EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries.
Given the nature of EID, at least one beneficiary must be from the academic sector and at least one beneficiary must come from the non-academic sector, primarily enterprises. Should none of the academic beneficiaries be entitled to award a doctoral degree, a university entitled to award a doctoral degree must be associated to the project as a partner organisation. However, the obligation of the beneficiary to recruit, host and train the researcher remains unchanged.
For all ITN: all beneficiaries are required to host at their premises and supervise recruited researchers.

In this call Horizon 2020 will fund the following types of Actions:
• MSCA-ITN-EID European Industrial Doctorates,
• MSCA-ITN-EJD European Joint Doctorates,
• MSCA-ITN-ETN European Training Networks

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