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. An ITN is a network of (predominantly European) public and private sector institutions aimed at training young researchers who are in the first four years of their research career - the ESRs. The network/training programme is based around a research project which is determined by the applicant network. All scientific disciplines are eligible for funding, including Social Sciences and Humanities.
ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training in Europe, extending the traditional academic research training setting, incorporating elements of Open Science and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It 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.
Faculty 1st draft review: 10 December 2018
Research Services deadline: 4 January 2019
Funder Deadline: 15 January 2019
ITNs are always 48 months long with ESR fellowships lasting for a maximum of 36 months (and a minimum of three months). The budget is calculated using fixed unit costs applied to the number of ESR months on the grant
The ITN call page on the EC Participant Portal includes links to a number of helpful documents, including the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Work Programme, the Guide for Applicants and a List of Descriptors, used by applicants in Part A of the application form to describe their science. Descriptors are used to inform the selection process for evaluators so their choice is important.
The official EC website for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions contains further details about ITNs, including information on the evaluation process, project management and reporting The UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions provides general information, including hints and tips for proposal writing
Application guidelines for the fund can be found here
Details for a workshop focusing particularly on practical issues related to running and being part of an ITN can be found here.