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TRAIN@Ed is a research fellowship programme for 25 experienced researchers (around 4 -6 years after gaining their primary degree) which will provide researchers with an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility experience. The TRAIN@Ed programme will educate experienced researchers in research excellence AND transferrable skills. TRAIN@Ed Fellows will have an employment contract with the University of Edinburgh for a research fellowship for up to three years. TRAIN@Ed fellows will pursue research and transferrable skill training at the University of Edinburgh, and will also spend some time in the industry of their choice. At the end of the TRAIN@Ed programme, TRAIN@Ed alumni will have the knowledge, skills and experience for fulfilling and productive careers either in academia OR in industry. The values of the scheme align with those held by Horizon 2020: Excellent Sciences, Industrial Leadership and addressing Societal Challenges, and the Marie-Skłodowska Curie Actions of providing excellent, innovative research training and career progressive and knowledge exchange and mobility opportunities.

Although the focus of the TRAIN@Ed programme is in developing research skills through carrying out a research project, a holistic approach to career development of the researchers will be taken: the programme will provide mentoring, transferrable skill development (including public engagement training), and careers advice.

TRAIN@Ed delivers in important areas of experienced researcher development in the European Union:

Firstly, it provides a highly visible research opportunity for experienced researchers, with secure employment for three years. Secondly TRAIN@Ed addresses a major gap in opportunities for early career researchers to collaborate with industry. Thirdly, TRAIN@Ed complies with best practice in supporting researcher careers.

TRAIN@Ed will benefit the researchers, the University of Edinburgh and the European economy.
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Old College, South Bridge
Eh8 9yl Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 655 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 801215


Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 5 310 000

  • EU contribution

    € 2 655 000

Coordinated by:


United Kingdom