Marie Curie Initial Training Network – call for for European partners with expertise in causal discovery methods to complete our consortium

I am currently putting together a Marie Curie Initial Training Network proposal and I am searching for European partners with expertise in causal discovery methods to complete our consortium. Expertise in Structural Equation Models is particularly welcome. If you are interested to get more information, please contact me. Details on the proposal follow.

Ioannis Tsamardinos
Head of Bioinformatics Laboratory, ICS, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Crete


The ITN pays for early researchers (Ph.D., post-docs, research staff) salaries (about 38K for Ph.D-level with less than 4 years of research experience and 87K for Post-doc-level a year, adjusted slightly for each country). The ITN also pays for traveling to workshops, summer schools, students/researchers exchanges and secondments, as well as equipment and other research-related expenses (e.g., biological experiments). The exact amount is negotiated AFTER the proposal has been accepted; for some expenses there are flat fees, e.g., the student salaries that I mentioned above. Usually these programs range between 2-4million euro with 6-10 partners.


The responsibilities of a partner while the program is running are the following:
* supervise the students/early researchers
* travel to the program’s annual workshops and summer schools and give lectures (about 2 hours or so)
* accept students at your institution for a few weeks as secondments to get training
* perhaps, participate in the supervision of students of other partners in the program; the reviewers always appreciate exploiting the synergies among different partners

Science and Technology Part

The purpose of an ITN is to train researchers in their early stages and give them the best start in their careers, the skills they need, experience with working and interacting with the industry and getting to know several network of people in the field. Each partner will propose up to 2 projects for early researchers that is interested in, as long as they are related to the general ITN theme. Hopefully, interactions will emerge and partners will participate in other partners projects too.