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MSCA ITN: Innovative Training Networks

The MSCA-ITN-2020 Call is open with deadline 14 January 2020, 17:00:00 Brussels time


The MSCA-ITN is a training network for Early Stage Researchers (ESR; PhD students). The ITN has three subtypes:
1. European Training Network (ETN);
2. European Industrial Doctorate (EID);
3. European Joint Doctorate (EJD).

Applicants are Principal Investigators who are willing to coordinate or participate as a part of a Consortium, to recruit PhD student(s). Each application allows a maximum number of 15 ESRs, or PhD students, per project consortium. When applying with KI for an ITN, the research must be performed under KI's premises, and the PI employed or affiliated to KI. If the research is to be performed under the University Hospital's premise, the host of the application should be Region Stockholm (SLL) and not KI. In that case, contact ying.zhao@ki.se for discussion. 

  • If you are applying for ETN (European Training Network): please send a signed KI Application Assurance form to ying.zhao@ki.se. You can download the form below under Documents.
  • If you are applying for EJD (European Joint Doctorate): see below for EJD instructions
  • If you are applying for EID (European Industrial Doctorate): please contact ying.zhao@ki.se 

European Joint Doctorate (EJD)

To participate as a PI in an application for the European Joint Doctorate within the MSCA-ITN, you (the PI) need a Letter of Institutional Commitment from KI, issued by the Committee for Doctoral Education signed by the The Academic Vice President of Doctoral Education and Authorised Legal Representative at KI. To be considered for and receive a Letter of Institutional Commitment from KI regarding EJD within MSCA-ITN, the PI needs to:

  1. Submit your declarations according to KI's internal instructions for ITN-EJD-2020 to Lotta Lundqvist at KI's International Office by December 8, 2020 at the latest.
  2. Send a signed KI application assurance form to Ying Zhao at Grants Office, by December 8, 2020.

Mobility Rule of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) for ITN

The Mobility criteria of the ITN program states that Early Stage Researchers (ESRs/PhD-students) must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (Guide for Applicants). The recruitment date is the date the student starts receiving salary from the project. This means that the ESR must move to Sweden/KI for their PhD studies, and cannot have been at KI for more than 1 year before they start their employment in the project and receive salary from the project.

Budget ITN-2020

The ITN budget for Sweden is 281,983 Euros per ESR for three years. It can be used during the entire ITN project period but not allowed to be stretched out to cover the remaining (4th) year of KI's PhD program. It is a contribution to partially cover the training costs directly linked to the ESR, during the three ITN years in forms of:

  • Living, Mobility and Family Allowances: Salary categories for the ESR
  • Research/Training/Networking Costs category: to train the PhD student, used for consumables, conference fees etc.
  • Management/Indirect Costs category: to cover (partially, 8%) of the overhead.

Please be aware that the MSCA-ITN supports only 36 months of KI’s 48-month PhD program. The Living, Mobility and Family Allowances as well as the Research/Training/Networking budgets generate Indirect costs (INDI/overhead) at KI that the ITN grant cannot fully cover. It is common within ITN Consortiums that the Coordinator retains a part of your Management/Indirect Costs budget to manage the Consortium, therefore you will not receive all of your Management/Indirect Costs budget for use at KI. Approximately 520,000 SEK of co-financing is needed to cover top-up of the salary per student as well as indirect costs (INDI) at KI, that is not fully covered by the ITN's Management/Indirect Costs budget. Also, the remaining 12 months of KI’s 4-year PhD program must be financed with other grants. For this reason a signed KI Application Assurance form is required, for which your department will do an operational and financial capacity check.

KI's Participant Identification Code (PIC): 999978530

KI’s Legal address, Nobels väg 5 is registered with the PIC and shown automatically. Please make sure that you provide this correct PIC number and do not create a new one.

Documents and links, Call MSCA-ITN-2020

    KI specific:

    For questions contact ying.zhao@ki.se