Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers.

The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

The objectives are:

  • 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.
  • To raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training, extending the traditional academic research training setting, incorporating the elements of Open Science and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences
  • To provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

 3 Types of ITN:

ETN – European Training Network:

Network of at least three beneficiaries (academic or not) established in at least three different Member State or Associated Countries. All three legal entities must be independent of each other.
Network organizations cooperate to recruit early-stage researchers and provide them with the opportunity to do research defined from a joint research program.
The defined research program must respond to a well-identified multi-disciplinary need and enable early-stage researchers to confront the academic and industrial sectors.
It is recommended to set up a consortium between 6 and 10 partners.
Joint supervision of early-stage researchers is encouraged.
Early-stage researchers are affiliated with an organization and are encouraged to make secondments of few months at beneficiaries or associated partners of up to 30% of their recruitment period.

 EID – European Industrial Doctorate:

Network with at least two participants, an academic organization and a non-academic organization.
A joint governance structure should be set up for the jointly selection, supervision, evaluation and monitoring and the early-stage researchers and their projects.
The research conducted in each participating entity must be conducted as part of the PhD program and must support long-term industry-oriented research (fundamental or applied).

Special conditions of the EID:

  • Each doctoral student is jointly supervised by an academic organization and a non-academic organization.
  • This cross-sectoral mobility must be international between the beneficiaries (academic and non-academic beneficiaries of two different countries).
  • Each doctoral student spends at least 50% of his or her working time in the non-academic body.
  • Each doctoral student must be enrolled in a doctoral program.
  • Secondments to partner or associate organizations must not exceed 30% of their recruitment period.

EJD – European Joint Doctorate:

A network that includes at least three doctoral awarding entities established in three different EU Member States or Associated States.
Organizations must issue joint doctorates.
Each doctoral student must be enrolled in a doctoral program.
A joint governance structure should be set up for the jointly selection, supervision, evaluation and monitoring and the early-stage researchers and their projects.

Key dates in the call for project

  • 13 September 2018 - Opening date
  • 15 January 2019 - Deadline
  • June 2019 - Results