Writing Competitive ITN Proposals in the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Programme, Resubmissions only

1. Workshop

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks

(ITN) can take the form of collaborative European Training

Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) or

European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

This workshop is about making your Marie Curie ITN

proposal the best competitive proposal. Even though the

budget of the Marie Curie actions was increased in H2020,

the competition is expected to remain fierce. A common

mistake many applicants make is to consider an ITN project

as a research project with some training elements.

However, MSCA is a training scheme, so it is not enough to

provide good science! Based on the experiences in Marie

Curie, this workshop provides you with valuable information

and input for writing a competitive H2020 Marie Curie ITN


While the final call for proposals is not published yet, the

provisional deadline for the last round of H2020 MSCA ITN

proposals is January 14th 2020.

2. Programme Outlines

We provide you with solid background information about the

objectives, the policy context and the basic principles of

Marie Curie ITN of H2020 with specific attention to

appropriate resubmission strategies. We will focus on the

evaluation procedure and the 3 consolidated evaluation

criteria: Excellence, Impact and Implementation.

3. Outcome

Participants will obtain general and latest information about

the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, in particular about

the ITN scheme. Participants will receive strategic and

practical input for writing competitive ITN-proposals under

H2020, with emphasis on resubmissions.

4. Who should attend

This workshop will be of value for researchers and EU

Liaison Officers, experienced and non-experienced who

plan to resubmit an ITN proposal for the last call of H2020.

5. Methodology

The workshop will be in English, with no translation.

Participants will be provided with solid background

information. Moments for discussion are included in the

programme to promote exchange of views between

participants and trainers. Lessons learnt from previous

evaluations will be discussed where possible. Participants

are requested to bring their rejected proposal + ESR to the

workshop for analysis.

Each participant will receive electronic access to the course

material, which consists of a detailed guide to help

researchers with their submission as well as a copy of the

slides presented during the workshop.

6. Trainers

Aya van den Kroonenberg, Ph.D: Aya joined Yellow

Research in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience

with writing European research grants. Aya is regularly

invited by the European Commission as an expert evaluator

for FP research proposals. We have been running workshops

on MSCA and ERC research grants at various universities as

well as assisted in the pre-submission reviews of numerous

successful MSCA ITN, MACS IF, ERC Starting, Consolidator

and Advanced grants.

7. Programme


Introduction Marie Curie Programme and ITN

• Key facts

• Evaluation procedures and criteria

• Building your ITN project

• Overall proposal format

Resubmission strategies including exercise I

• Resubmission strategies

• Analysis of ESR

• Improving your ITN project

The Science

• 1.1 Quality, innovative aspects and credibility of the

research programme

• 3.1 Coherence and effectiveness of the work plan

• 6 Ethical Issues

Lunch break

The Training

• 1.2 Quality and innovative aspects of the training


• 1.3 Quality of the supervision

The Consortium and Management

• 1.4 Quality of the proposed interaction between the

participating organisations

• 3.2 Appropriateness of the management structures

and procedures

• 3.3 Appropriateness of the infrastructure of the

participating organisations

• 3.4 Competences, experience and complementarity

of the participating organisations and their

commitment to the programme

• 5 Participating organisations

The expected Impact

• Policy background

• 2.1 Enhancing the career perspectives and

employability of researchers and contribution to their

skills development

• 2.2 Contribution to structuring doctoral/early-stage

research training at the EU level and to

strengthening European innovation capacity

• 2.3 Quality of the proposed measures to exploit and

disseminate the results

• 2.4 Quality of the proposed measures to

communicate the activities to different target


Resubmission strategies including exercise II

• Be your own reviewer

• Improving your ITN proposal:

17:00 End of Training Course

8. Course fee

The YR course fee is € 695 per participant (VAT exempted),

incl. coffee & tea, lunch and course materials. The fee for in

house training with max 24 persons and 1 trainer is €3.750

(VAT reverse charged outside the Netherlands), excl. travel,

hotel, subsistence costs and printing of course materials.

Course fee for more than 24 persons is €4.740.

9. Date and Location and Booking




November 1 2019

9.30 – 17.00 hrs

Yellow Research

Veembroederhof 5-7

1019 HD Amsterdam

Booking www.yellowresearch.nl

Contact Sarah Jones at jones@yellowresearch.nl