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Diving into the MSCA Doctoral Networks with our transferable skills training modules


7th October 2021 at 2:00 pm



If you’ve been following our blog post series on transferable skills training for early-stage researchers (ESRs) in ongoing MSCA-ITNs, you’re probably well familiar with the importance of transferable skills for the success of an ITN’s training programme and especially to help ensure that ESRs can enter the job market as competitive applicants. In case you missed out on some of the posts, or simply want to go back and read your favourite ones from the series, here’s the full list:

With the transition to Horizon Europe and the changes from ITNs to Doctoral Networks (DNs), transferable skills training remains an essential component of these projects. This is why we’ve now combined the topic-specific quizzes from this series into a “master quiz” for you to test your knowledge in some transferable skills aspects and to give you a taste of what to expect from our online transferable skills training modules covering the topics of research project management, science communication, data management, gender equality, funding opportunities and grant writing for EU funds.

Training Modules Quiz

Research project management

What does the acronym S.M.A.R.T. stand for when referring to objectives? (Single choice)
What are milestones in EU projects? (Single choice)
Which documents or information are NOT formally required to be submitted in EU projects? (Multiple choice)

Science communication

What does communication mean in the context of a Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe project? (Single choice)
What does dissemination mean in the context of a Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe project? (Single choice)
Which of these statements is true? (Single choice)

Data management

Which of these statements defines data? (Multiple choice)
Which phases of the research lifecycle should you consider when thinking about data management? (Multiple choice)
In principle, which form of IPR provides the longest protection? (Single choice)
How should the research data of H2020 and Horizon Europe projects be shared? (Single choice)

Gender equality

What percentage of top academic positions are occupied by women in Europe? (Single choice)
What percentage of patent holders in Europe are women? (Single choice)
Which of the following is a definition of gender? (Multiple choice)

Funding opportunities

What are the two types of fellowships in the new MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme? (Single choice)
Which of these funding schemes must be coordinated exclusively by SMEs? (Single choice)
Which of the following funding schemes is suited for technologies at Technology Readiness Level 1-4? (Single choice)

Grant writing

What is the maximum page length in Horizon Europe’s standard collaborative projects and MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships, respectively? (Single choice)
What is the typical duration of an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship? (Single choice)
What is the weighting factor of the Excellence, Impact and Implementation criteria, respectively, in MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships? (Single choice)

Whether you’re a coordinator or partner reading this blog post as it goes live, in full MSCA-DN proposal writing time, or an early career researcher part of an ITN/DN interested in expanding your transferable skills knowledge, we hope this quiz has kept you entertained and sparked the interest in expanding your transferable skills training programme.

Our team at accelopment has a wealth of knowledge, experience and tips to share with you, thanks to our long-standing experience as a Partner Organisation for transferable skills training, project management and outreach support in dozens of ITNs. These include the European Training Networks (ETNs) AGePOP, CAPSTONE, CONSENSE, InPharma and NATURE-ETN as well as the ongoing Train2Target, LightDyNAmics, NanoCarb, MUSIQ, EuroNeuroTrophin, the completed ClickGene, EXCILIGHT, ImmerSAFE, PEARRL, and the current European Industrial Doctorates (EIDs) STACCATO, MORE and MOSAICS.

We’re looking forward to collaborating in the new Horizon Europe DNs and supporting the training programme of many more early career researchers with the same enthusiasm and experience that has guided us through H2020. Let’s do this together! Our training experts will be happy to hear from you.

Dr Emily Rose Ciscato

Dr. Emily Rose Ciscato
Project Manager Communications

Kevin Keyaert

Kevin Keyaert
Project Associate Communications