Funding News

Another year brings another broken record when it comes to MSCA ITN (MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INNOVATIVE TRAINING NETWORK) submissions: There were a total of 1,435 ETN (European Training Networks) proposals submitted to the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 call on the 10th January 2017, which marks a record high (see Figure below). Compared to last year’s ITN call, this makes 70 additional proposals for the experts to read through. Not just the number of ETN submissions saw an increase: There were 29 more EID (European Industrial Doctorates) and 6 more EJD (European Joint Doctorates) proposals submitted. But it is not all bad news for those who have submitted: The total budget was increased by €45 million to €430 million. At least statistically, the chances of success are therefore not decreased. We’ve visualised the increase in the following graph:

The breakdown of the total submissions, provided by the European Commission, looks like this:

  • European Training Networks (ETN): 1,435 proposals (83.5%)
  • European Industrial Doctorates (EID): 195 proposals (11.4%)
  • European Joint Doctorates (EJD): 88 proposals (5.1%)

That makes a total of 1718 proposals submitted to the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 call, 107 more than last year and almost a doubling of the number of proposal submissions over the course of the last 7 years. The percentage of funded projects has been declining ever since Horizon 2020 started in 2014. Statistically the chances of securing funding have increased this year and we expect the rate of success to increase from the all time low in 2016.

We at accelopment have been successfully involved in the preparation of ITN proposals for several years. Our knowledge and experience in writing proposals and presenting the ideas in the best possible way once again proved to be invaluable. In the last round of submissions, accelopment was able to help secure funding for the Train2Target project, which joins EXCILIGHT, PEARRL and ClickGene in the list of successfully funded Horizon 2020 ITN proposals. We participate as a Partner Organisation (formerly Associated Partner) and a subcontractor for project management and dissemination. We are also prepared to get involved in already running ETNs and complement the education of the project’s early-stage researchers (ESRs) with specialised training on funding opportunities, proposal writing or research project management. Training is offered in the form of webinars, workshops and one-to-one meetings. To find out how accelopment can help your proposal be successful visit our proposal writing site.