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Breakthroughs arise at the interface of disciplines – ITN training opens the opportunities

August 02 2018

At ttopstart, we believe that interdisciplinary collaborations will be key to solving some of the biggest challenges faced by science and society today and in the future.  The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) - from the Horizon 2020 programme's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) enables early-stage researchers to work together across disciplines and create true impact with their research.  

Training researches to work together across disciplines, will create opportunities for breakthroughs, that would not have been achieved isolated. By opening up to new perspectives, and bringing together experts from different highly specialised areas, you will be able to see the bigger picture  and come up with new creative solutions.  This approach will also be a central part of Horizon Europe, the successor of Horizon 2020, where researchers will be encouraged to work together across disciplines to solve challenges from a mission-based approach.  

ttopstart Partner Jasper Levink shares his views on ITN:

Why is ITN training important for researchers?  

Breakthroughs arise at the interface of disciplines and from people who can identify the connections and bridge these disciplines. The benefit of this call, is that it brings together the right mix of people, and enables them to translate their individual skills into competences that can create true impact. The ITN programme supports disciplines to work together and convert their knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. This not only benefits society but also helps researchers fast-forward their careers and think out of the box when it comes to their future work.  

The overall objective of the call is to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researchers. ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training, extending the traditional academic research training setting, and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competencies. 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 mindset. 

How do you need to prepare for ITN?  

Now is the time to prepare if you are thinking about applying for ITN. Some of the first crucial steps you need to take are:  

  • Defining your ITN training need; 
  • Building a coherent research plan; 
  • Establishing an excellent consortium.  

Before developing your proposal it is also a good idea to take these cross-cutting areas of importance into consideration, as they are highlighted across Horizon 2020, and particularly relevant to ITN: 

  • Open Science 
  • Communication & Dissemination  
  • Responsible Research and Innovation 

Get in touch  

At ttopstart, we are experienced with ITN calls and we know how to define a good training need and programme, and can help you set up the right consortium for your project – get in touch with us, by filling out the form below, to explore your options and find out how we can work together to create a great ITN application.   

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Eleanor Dawson, MSc
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