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. 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.

ITN supports competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond.

Application Pre-conditions

All Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions have a bottom-up approach, i.e. proposals in all domains of research and technological development are eligible for funding, except for areas of research covered by the EURATOM Treaty. Partnerships take the form of collaborative;

  • European Training Networks (ETN): The largest share of the ITN call budget is made available for ETN. These networks have the objective of training highly-skilled early-stage researchers and stimulating entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in Europe. An ETN must be composed of at least three beneficiaries established in at least three different Member States or Associated Countries (such as Turkey). All three legal entities must be independent of each other. Above this minimum, the participation of other legal entities, including international European interest organisations and entities from TC, is possible under the conditions provided by the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation. There is no pre-defined size for these multi-partner networks. However, it is recommended to keep the size of the consortium between 6 and 10 beneficiaries since previous experience has shown this to be a manageable size. (Although not a formal requirement, it is expected that beneficiaries will be drawn from different sectors and that ETN proposals will offer inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research training as well as high-quality supervision arrangements. Joint supervision of the researcher is encouraged. If ETN proposals offer a doctoral training to ESRs, should none of the academic beneficiaries be entitled to award a doctoral degree4 a university or a consortium/grouping of academic/research institutions entitled to award a doctoral degree must be associated as a partner organisation.) ETN proposals will be ranked in eight scientific panels with a total budget of €375 million and this panel is the most benefitted panel in terms of applications from Turkey.
  • European Industrial Doctorates (EID): EID aims to meet the objectives of ITN in particular by involving the non-academic sector in doctoral training so that skills better match public and private sector needs. An EID must be composed of at least two independent beneficiaries established in two different Member States or Associated Countries (such as Turkey). At least one beneficiary must come from the academic sector and at least one beneficiary from the non-academic sector, primarily enterprises (including SMEs). Additional beneficiaries and partner organisations can come from any sector. However, should none of the academic beneficiaries be entitled to award a doctoral degree a university or a consortium/grouping of academic/research institutions entitled to award a doctoral degree must be associated as a partner organisation.
  • European Joint Doctorates (EJD): EJD has the objective of promoting international, inter-sectoral and multi/inter-disciplinary collaboration in doctoral-level training in Europe through the creation of joint doctoral programmes, leading to the delivery of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees. An EJD must be composed of at least three independent beneficiaries5 entitled to award doctoral degrees from three different Member States or Associated Countries. EJD result in joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees awarded by institutions from at least two different countries, primarily within Europe. At least two-thirds of the supported early-stage researchers within an EJD must be enrolled in a joint, double or multiple degree within Europe, i.e. between two or more beneficiaries/partner organisations established in an MS or AC. The remaining supported researchers must also be enrolled in a programme that results in a degree awarded by at least one European participating organisation (MS/AC). Applicants must indicate at the proposal level from which institutions a researcher is supposed to receive the degree(s). 

Each action must have a clearly identified Supervisory Board co-ordinating the network-wide training activities.


Financial Aspects

The financial support for an ITN is calculated on the basis of eligible person-months and takes the form of a grant covering up to 100% of the eligible costs. Funding is exclusively in the form of unit costs.
Unit costs are fixed amounts and apply to all categories of eligible costs. They are measured by the number of months which are implemented by the eligible researchers in the action. Here are the unit costs per month per recruited reseacher:


Call Information

Please click for the Guide for Applicants of 2020 Call and click for the templates to draft your proposal. You will be writing your proposal in MS word format and uploading it as PdF format through the funding and tenders portal of European Commission. Please click for the European Commission page for proposal submission.

Please click for MSCA Work Programme for 2018-2020.

You can use the Self-evaluation Form before submitting your proposal.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via for your inquiries.

If you are submitting a proposal as a coordinator from Turkey please check our H2020 Coordinators support Programme provided by TUBITAK.


Additional Note

At present, there are no opportunities for students to apply for individual funding from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Instead, students can look for studentship vacancies in an  Innovative Training Network or COFUND Doctoral Programme, where they can begin or expand on their research, and gain complementary and transferable skills training to support doctoral or masters’ degree studies. Vacancies for studentships (termed “Early-Stage” or “First-Stage” Researchers) are posted on EURAXESS Jobs.