Funding News

During our three-part-series on Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), we learnt that an ESR is a crucial part of any project funded under the Horizon 2020 European Training Network (ETN) and thus should be managed with diligence from the very start. In fact, the planning should begin before any ESRs have even been hired. With our new ETN Starting Guide we will facilitate getting your ESRs on the way by giving you not only an overview of the mandatory steps but complementing them with recommended actions.

Our vast experience with ETNs has given us time to refine each individual step and the ETN Starting Guide is something we now use for all ETNs we are working on. It’s all too easy to forget an exact deadline and having to work through the night or miss an optional step that will prove useful as the project progresses.

The ETN Starting Guide is a visualisation of our ETN Starting Guide and presents the first steps for managing your ESRs – Recruitment, Contracts, and the Starting Phase – in a clear and appealing structure, making it easy for you to follow the necessary actions. Working with a large number of partners ranging from those experienced with Horizon 2020 projects to first-timers, we’ve experienced first-hand, how useful this short but informative guide can be. You can either use it interactively on our website or simply download it as a pdf here.

ETN and accelopment

What started out back in 2008 during the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) has become a long history of supporting ETNs since, and our success has not halted with the transition to Horizon 2020. Our roles include writing the proposal, advising partners during contract negotiations, supporting in project management and coordinating the dissemination activities. Working as a partner organisation or subcontractor, accelopment’s services during the project implementation are covered by the project funding. All of the roles mentioned above are currently being carried out in four running ETN projects: Train2Target, PEARRL, EXCILIGHT and ClickGene.