Results of the MSCA-ITN call 2020 published

The European Commission has announced the successful applicants to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks programme.

With a total budget of €530 million, the European Commission has announced that it will support 147 Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) under the programme.

These networks cover nearly 1400 organisations – including 158 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.  The projects will offer extraordinary, global research and training opportunities to 2 000 PhD candidates. They will also contribute to increasing the overall quality and innovation of doctoral training in Europe and beyond.

The doctoral training programmes include 114 European Training Networks, 21 European Industrial Doctorates and 12 European Joint Doctorates. The selected projects cover a variety of research areas, including engineering (31%), life sciences (24%) and social sciences (10%).

Early-stage researchers will be recruited and trained to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. The projects will provide researchers with enhanced career prospects both in the academic and non-academic sectors, through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

Download the full list to see all the projects funded under this call for proposals.

More details are available on the MSCA Innovative Training Networks page.

See below four examples of newly-funded projects.


T-OP will train 15 early stage researchers, enabling them to develop efficient therapeutic solutions and to tackle economic opportunities in adoptive T cell therapy (ACT). T-OP brings together interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial teams spanning large and small-sized companies as well as experts in different aspects of cell therapy, immunology, protein engineering and bioinformatics.


The European Joint Doctorate in Data Engineering for Data Science will develop education, research, and innovation at the intersection of data science and data engineering. The objective of the project is to provide holistic support for the end-to-end management of the full lifecycle of data, from capture to exploitation by data scientists. DEDS is the only doctoral programme worldwide with this focus, which is crucial for realizing the next generation of Data Science breakthroughs.


CriticalEarth will train 15 early stage researchers to develop new methods for assessing the mechanisms and associated risks of critical transitions in the climate. The program will enable them to generate, integrate and apply multidisciplinary knowledge from applied mathematics, climate science (paleo and projected future) and numerical simulations. The network will give them an excellent background for collaborating in cross-disciplinary teams in academia, industry, governmental- and non-governmental institutions.


PERSEPHONe is a training network which wants to generate new skills, knowledge and innovation for the development of a novel technological platform for photonics. It will train 14 early stage researchers, exposing them to a wide spectrum of expertise: materials synthesis, photonic devices and integrated circuits fabrication, characterization, and modelling, upscaling and manufacturing together with a powerful set of soft skills.