Marie Skłodowska Curie Initial Training Networks – ITN

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Research-Related Training for Early-Stage Researchers

Innovative Training Networks, ITN for short, support the structured training of young early-stage researchers, particularly doctoral candidates, with networks made up of multiple European institutions within an international, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral research area.

With the ITNs, the EU provides funding to research teams with a recognized international format, which are pursuing top, multi-national collaborative research projects with partners both in and outside of academia.



The Marie Skłodowska Curie measures are open to all disciplines and fund projects from fundamental research to market development. The primary objective is to interlock research activities with the implementation of a structured training program for outstanding doctoral candidates in the underlying research area. The early-career researchers both within the ITN and outside of a network can be from any country of origin.

The networks also aim to bring together a critical mass of qualified researchers in highly specialized or fragemented disciplines and to contribute to overcoming institutional and disciplinary boundaries. This is achieved, for example, by funding multidisciplinary research.

The aim is the establishment of an industry-oriented approach and the resulting strengthened collaboration between university and industry research.

Participating Researchers

In the ITN funding is exclusively reserved for early stage researchers. These are junior researchers without a doctorate who have less than four years research experience.

Other Marie Skłodowska Curie Measures

Further and continued training of so-called experienced researchers – that is researchers with more than four years of research experience and a doctorate – is promoted in other Marie Skłodowska Curie measures and in so-called Individual Fellowships, IF for short. Funding for the so-called Research and Innovation Staff Exchange, RISE for short, promotes the exchange of personnel between science and the non-academic sector. COFUND, however, offers co-financing for fellowship programs for postdocs as well as doctoral programs within Horizon 2020.

The tables below offer an overview of all current and past Marie Skłodowska Curie measures at RWTH and the UKA.

Opportunities for Early-stage Researchers

Apart from the main target group of early career researchers, it is also possible to involve and train postdocs with first experiences in independent research.

Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (H2020) Coordinated by RWTH
Acronym Title Contact Topic
OATP Operator algebraic approach to topological phases Prof. Barbara Terhal IF-GF
DatA ESPerT Database Analysis for Evaluation of Seismic Performance Assessment Tools Prof. Christoph Butenweg IF-EF-ST

Marie Skłodowska Curie Measures (H2020) with RWTH Involvement
ATHOR Advanced Thermomechanical Modelling of Refractory Linings Prof. Rainer Telle ITN-ETN
HERCULES Towards Geohazards-Resilient Infrastructure Under Changing Climates Prof. Klaus Rudolf Reicherter ITN-ETN
HPC-LEAP High Performance Computing for Life Sciences, Engineering and Physics Prof. Paolo Carloni ITN-EJD
SuPER-W Sustainable Product, Energy and Resource Recovery from Wastewater Prof. Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum ITN-EJD
STIMULATE Simulation in Multiscale Physical and Biological Systems Prof. Paolo Carloni ITN-EJD
ModCompShock Modelling and Computation of Shocks and Interfaces Prof. Michael Westdickenberg ITN-ETN
PAcMEN Predictive and Accelerated Metabolic Engineering Network Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg ITN-ETN
OXYTRAIN Harnessing the Power of Enzymatic Oxygen Activation Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg ITN-ETN
ModLife Advancing Modelling for Process-Product Innovation, Optimization, Monitoring and Control in Life Science Industries Prof. Alexander Mitsos ITN-ETN
NEW-MINE EU Training Network for Resource Recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining Prof. Thomas Pretz ITN-ETN
REDMUD The European Training Network for Zero-Waste Valorisation of Bauxite Residue Prof. Karl Bernhard Friedrich ITN-ETN
LISTEN Hands-free Voice-enabled Interface to Web Applications for Smart Home Environments Prof. Hermann Ney RISE

Marie Skłodowska Curie Measures (H2020) Coordinated by the UKA
Acronym Title Contact Topic
InCEM Research Training Network on Integrated Component Cycling in Epithelial Cell Motility Prof. Rudolf Leube ITN-ETN
Marie Skłodowska Curie Measures (H2020) with UKA Involvement
Acronym Title Contact Topic
AdapTT Real time therapy planning for thermal based therapy modalities in oncology care Prof. Christiane Kuhl ITN-EID
MEL-PLEX Exploiting Melanoma Disease Complexity to address European Research Training Needs in Translational Cancer Systems Biology and Cancer Systems Medicine Prof. Martin Leverkus ITN-ETN
SyMBioSys Systematic Models for Biological Systems Engineering Training Network Prof. Julio Saez-Rodiguez ITN-ETN
INTRICARE International Network for Training on Risks of vascular Intimal Calcification And roads to Regression of cardiovascular diseasE Prof. Wilhelm Jahnen-Dechent ITN-EJD
Marie Skłodowska Curie Measures (FP7) with RWTH and/or UKA Involvement
Acronym Title Contact Topic
SUBICAT Sustainable Biomass Conversions by Highly Efficient Catalytic Processes Prof. Walter Leitner ITN
SPINOGRAPH Spintronics in Graphene Prof. Christoph Stampfer ITN
INTERAQCT International Network for the Training of Early Stage Researchers on Advanced Quality control by Computed Tomography Prof. Robert Schmitt ITN
iCare Improving Children's Auditory Rehabilitation Prof. Janina Fels ITN
PROVISION PeRceptually Optimised VIdeo compreSION Prof. Jens-Rainer Ohm ITN
DIASPORA Drift In Amorphous Semiconductors - A Partnership Of Rüschlikon and Aachen Prof. Matthias Wuttig IAPP
MEALS Mobility between Europe and Argentina applying Logics to Systems Prof. Katoen IRSES
GMM4MEDICAL Adaptive Gaussian Mixture Models for Continuous Representation of Digital Medical Images Prof. Kobbelt ERG
Aboutflow Adjoint-based optimisation of industrial and unsteady flows Prof. Naumann ITN
POLYMAG Magnetic Coordination Cluster Polymers Prof. Kögerler IIF
LOWCAFF Low Carbon Future Fuels Prof. Peters IAPP
SCALE Speech communication with adaptive learning Prof. Ney ITN
GC4ICE3 Search for high energy neutrino emission from the galactic center Prof. Wiebusch IRG
HIERARCHY Hierarchical assembly in controllable matrices Prof. Möller ITN
RED CAT Natural products and related redox catalysts: basic research and applications in medicine and agriculture Prof. Slusarenko ITN
EDA-Emerge Innovative biodiagnosis meets chemical structure elucidation Novel tools in effect directed analysis to support the identification and monitoring of emerging toxicants on a European scale Prof. Henner Hollert ITN
CREAM Mechanistic effect models for the ecological risk assessment of chemicals Prof. Schäffer ITN
COPA-GT Coupled Parallel Simulation of Gas Turbines Prof. Schröder ITN
MULTIMOD Multiscale modeling of chemical and biochemical systems Prof. Marquardt ITN
ARDIS Academic Researchers Driving Innovation Systems Prof. Fromhold-Eisebith IEF
HygenMEMS Chip integrated hydrogen generation-storage-power micro system Prof. Mokwa IEF
COWDM Compact Silicon Photonics Coherent WDM Transceiver Prof. Witzens CIG
MHMP Microeconomic Heterogeneity and Macroeconomic Performance Prof. Bachmann IRG
WIDTH Warehousing images in the digital hospital (WIDTH): interpretation, infrastructure, and integration Prof. Deserno IRSES
TECAS Towards Tissue Engineering Solutions for Cardiovascular Surgery Prof. Jockenhövel ITN
ITN Innovative Training Networks
EID European Industrial Doctorates
EJD European Joint Doctorates
ETN European Training Networks
IAPP Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways
IF Individual Fellowship
RISE Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
GF Global Fellowship
EF-ST European Fellowship (Standard)
IRSES International Research Staff Exchange Scheme
IRG International Reintegration Grants
CIG Career Integration Grant
IEF Intra-European Fellowships
IIFF International Incoming Fellowships
ERG European Re-integration Grants

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