Five new research networks within H2020 selected!

A very successful result for the University of Bordeaux within this highly competitive program.

  • 05/10/2017

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This result, which represents a success rate of 20% for the University of Bordeaux, is very positive and may improve even further with the new wave of network projects to be submitted in January 2018.

The new European funding program Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aims to enhance the careers of researchers in both the public and private sector. As well as funding research, these grants enable researchers to gain experience abroad or in the private sector and to complete their training with skills or knowledge that will be useful for their career.

Innovative Training Networks

Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) are one of the ways in which Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions provide support. They promote excellence and structure the training of researchers as they start their career. ITNs provide scientists with experience outside academia, helping them develop their innovation skills and their employability.

The research community at the University of Bordeaux submitted 21 ITN projects in January 2017, and four of these received funding. This was an outstanding achievement since, given the strict requirements of this type of European funding, the national success rate is usually around 10%.


The four ITNs selected:

  • ENABLE: in the field of mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing, in particular with metal alloys, led by Olivier Cahuc from I2M (Institute of Mechanics and Engineering, project coordinated with UBx)
  • ConFlex in the field of engineering and applied mathematicscoordinated by the University of Tel Aviv with the IMB (Institute of Mathematics, Marius Tucsnak) as partner
  • PIC: covering personalized in-silico cardiology strategies for cardiovascular diseases, coordinated by Kings College London with the IHU LIRYC (Ed Vigmond & Mélèze Hocini) as partner
  • MUMMERING: in the field of imaging for engineering, coordinated by the Technical University of Denmark and with ICMCB (Institute for Solid State Chemistry Bordeaux) & IMS (Integration: from Material to Systems laboratory) involved locally (as associate partner)

The next deadline for submissions is January 2018.

Research & Innovation Staff Exchange

Another type of MSCA funding for researcher mobility is RISE (Research & Innovation Staff Exchange). RISE supports the construction of research networks around researcher mobility in European / international research institutions in the private sector or beyond the European Union.

Of the two projects submitted in 2017, the NomADS network was selected, in the field of data processing and analysis techniques, coordinated by the University of Münster and involving the IMB (Institute of Mathematics, JF. Aujol/ M. Papadakis) as partner.