Rep-Biotech Joint Doctoral Project is a European Network created to train the new generation of excellent researchers in the Biology and Technology of Reproductive Health. It is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme and is composed of 12 leading academic research groups and 3 companies from 9 different countries: Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, USA, Japan and The Netherlands. It started on November 2015 and will end in October 2019.
In this piece we get insights from both the coordinators‘ point of view (Prof. Pilar Coy Fuster, University of Murcia, Spain for the European side & Prof. Hiroaki Funahashi, Okayama University for the Japanese side) and the PhD candidates‘ point of view (Ms Hashimita Sanyal & Mr Dmitry Nikiforov, who visited Okayama University as part of their PhD programme).
Innovative Training Networks (ITN) drive scientific excellence and innovation. They bring together universities, research institutes and other sectors from across the world to train researchers to doctorate level.
All research areas can be funded – from molecular biology to urban development. Proposals should:
- reflect existing or planned research cooperation among the partners;
- involve the researchers through personalised research projects;
- explain how the recruitment of the researchers, who must come from another country, will be open and transparent.
- 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.
The maximum duration of an ITN project is 4 years. Candidates interested in a PhD position funded by ITN can check available offers directly on the EURAXESS Jobs platform.
More information: MSCA ITN