The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) are the main European doctoral training programme, putting a special emphasis on non-academic sector participation and the innovation dimension. They bring together universities, research institutes and other sectors from across the world to train researchers at doctorate level.
Who may apply?
The call is open to consortia of organisations such as universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond, that propose a research training network, including Brazilian and any other Latin American and Caribbean state institutions.
Nevertheless, note that organisations from Brazil, Mexico, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago are not eligible for direct funding. It is suggested that Brazilian and Mexican organisations check their local co-funding schemes to support their participation in the MSCA ITN call (here for Brazil, and here for Mexico).
The call is not open to individual researchers/students. Brazilian and any other Latin American and Caribbean state individual researchers interested in high quality doctoral-level training in and outside academia can apply to the PhD positions created by these networks, including Industrial Doctorates and Joint Doctorates. They are advertised on the Euraxess Jobs portal.
Mobility across borders is a must.
How does it work?
There are three types of Research networks:
- European Training Networks;
- European Industrial Doctorates; and
- European Joint Doctorates.
1. European Training Networks (ETNs)
Joint research training that help researchers gain experience of different working environments while developing transferable skills.
They must involve at least three partners from inside and outside academia. Organisations managing such a network should be established in at least three different EU or associated countries, though additional participants can join from across the world.
2. European Industrial Doctorates (EIDs)
Joint doctoral training that help PhD candidates step outside academia and develop skills in industry and business.
This type of network is provided by at least one academic partner and partners from the business world. Individuals are enrolled in a doctoral programme and jointly supervised by the academic and non-academic partners.
Organisations offering Industrial Doctorates should be established in at least two different EU or associated countries, though others are welcome to join.
3. European Joint Doctorates (EJDs)
They promote international collaboration that cuts across different business and research sectors.
Run by a minimum of three academic organisations forming a network to supervise joint, double or multiple degrees. These organisations should be from different EU or associated countries. Other bodies can join from anywhere across the world, including the non-academic sector.
All the grants cover:
- recruitment and training of each researcher for up to three years. The researcher is hired under an employment contract and benefits from a monthly living allowance, social security cover, plus a mobility and family allowance.
- research costs including the organisation of joint activities and conferences.
- management and indirect costs.
- maximum duration of an ITN project is four years.
Deadline 14 January 2020.
Read EURAXESS LAC piece on Doctoral training in Europe, MSCA PhD experience and testimonies here
MSCA National contact point (NCP) in Brazil: Ms. Elisa Natola, CONFAP, firstname.lastname@example.org
MSCA National contact points (NCPs) in other LAC countries and in Europe: http://bit.ly/Horizon_NCP
MSCA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): https://mariecurieactions.blogspot.de/