The Doctoral Networks (DN) program is an exclusive funding opportunity in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Our dedicated course covers both technical and scientific attributes needed for a competitive proposal.

The objectives and added value:

The Doctoral Networks’ (DN) aim is to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs), able to face current and future challenges as well as convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for the benefit of economy and society. 


MSCA – DN aims to raise the attractiveness and excellence of doctoral training in Europe. With a meticulously structured research and training program, it extends the traditional academic research training setting, equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable skills. As well, this funding opportunity provides enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set. The participation of several entities from different sectors can cause some complications during the writing process and therefore requires concentration of effort, good preparation and proper management. 


The MSCA-DN online course will equip you with all the necessary tools you need in order to compose a competitive MSCA-DN application. Enspire-science’s experience shows that it is highly important to fully understand the unique angels and expectations of the funding program prior to beginning the proposal preparation journey. For this reason, the course focuses on providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the MSCA-DN’s fundamental requirements, such as building a strong and productive network that will eventually provide high-quality training for potential candidates. Together with the description of the MSCA-DN technical requirements, the course will provide plenty of useful tips and insights from our work with MSCA-DN applicants specifically, and previous Framework Programs (FP4-7, H2020) at large. 


Throughout the course, we make sure to focus on the most important grant writing aspect – the point of view of the evaluators. By understanding what reviewers are looking for, we are able to guide you in making the writing process smoother and efficient as possible.


The topics of this course include:

  • Horizon Europe introduction
  • Introduction to MSCA-DN
  • Eligibility rules and guidelines
  • Types of DN actions
  • The expected profiles of MSCA-DN prospective beneficiaries and partner organizations 
  • Evaluation panels
  • How to establish the right network for the project
  • How to write a competitive DN proposal
  • Ethical considerations
  • Evaluation process
  • Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) and resubmission

To allow considerable time for the proposal preparation phase, we recommend watching this course as soon as possible, and no later than 3 months before the relevant MSCA-DN deadline. The course is available for both groups and independent participants.


About our Online Academy

The MSCA-PF course is provided through our online Enspire Science Academy. Participants receive access to our produced video segments, and can watch when most convenient and at their own dedicated pace! 

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