Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

The ITN action aims to improve career perspectives of researchers in the first five years of their research career, in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people. This will be achieved through a trans-national networking mechanism, aimed at structuring of the existing high-quality initial research training capacity in Europe.

There are three types of Innovative Training Networks (ETN, EID and EJD), but CERN qualifies for ETNs (European Trianing Networks).

ETN structure


at least 3 beneficiaries from 3 different Member States or Associated Countries
no minimum for partner organisations

Person-months max. 540
Eligible researchers ESRs (Early-Stage Researchers) only


  Excellence Impact Implementation
  50% 30% 20%
Weighting 1 2 3
Priority in case of ex aequo
Please note than an overall threshold of 70% will be applied to the total weighted score. 

Award criteria

Each criterion will be scored out of 5. Decimal points will be given:

0 Proposal fails to address the criterion or cannot be assessed due to missing or incomplete information.
1 - Poor The criterion is inadequately addressed, or there are serious inherent weaknesses.
2 - Fair Proposal broadly addresses the criterion, but there are significant weaknesses.
3 - Good Proposal addresses the criterion well, but a number of shortcomings are present.
4 - Very good Proposal addresses the criterion very well, but a small number of shortcomings are present.
5 - Excellent Proposal successfully addresses all relevant aspects of the criterion. Any shortcomings are minor.

EU Payments for ITNs

Researcher unit cost 
Institutional unit cost
Living Allowance Mobility Allowance Family Allowance Research, Training and Networking costs Management and Indirect costs
3270 600 500 1800 1200

Matching funds need to be secured by CERN. For more information, see Financial contribution of departments.