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MSCA: 2016 Calls for Innovative Training Networks and Researchers’ Night Open

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The European Commission has opened two 2016 Calls for proposals under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

Innovative Training Networks (ITN), deadline: 12 January 2016

ITNs are the main strand of funding available to support Early Stage Researchers (doctoral researchers). The scheme supports joint training and/or doctoral programmes implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses and other socio-economic actors. There are three different strands to apply for: European Training Networks (ETN); European Industrial Doctorates (EID) and European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

The available budget is €370 million.

Researchers’ Night, deadline: 13 January 2016

The Researchers’ Night initiative, part of the MSCA, is a Europe-wide public and media event dedicated to the promotion of science and research careers. It takes place each year on the last Friday of September. Under Horizon 2020, Researchers’ Night is a Coordination and Support Action for which calls are published every two years.

The available budget is €8 million. This call covers the events in 2016 and 2017 as there will not be a new call in 2017. Based on the experience and taking into consideration the budget available, an average EU-contribution would be around €70-80 000 per event, meaning that an average EU-contribution for projects covering two events would be round €140-160.000.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

For advice on applying, please contact Margaret Eastcott


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