ACT Initial Training Network (ITN) is a four-year research project funded by the People Marie Curie Actions -Seventh Research Programme (FP7) of the European Union. The aim of ACT is to establish a leading European training network devoted to investigating the interplay between action and cognition using a developmental approach. The network aims to produce new technology to answer critical issues in our understanding of human development with three primary aims. The Marie Curie Actions Programme employs 11 Marie Curie Fellows, of which 8 are PhD students.
Each of the 7 partners (4 leading Europpean research institutions and 3 full industry partners representing leading European research companies) covers a specific topic and includes one or two sub-questions which represent important advancements that aim to vitalize our understanding of action execution and action understanding from a developmental perspective. Each fellow will be take the lead on one sub-question and collaborate with other ESRs from academia and industry on sub-questions from different research questions.
Collaboration between academia and industry: Lack of contact between companies that develop research tools and the researchers that use these products has severe consequences that negatively impact growth and dampers the potential for scientific breakthroughs within the field. The Seventh Framework Programme supports the cooperation between industry partners and research institutions (all market leaders within their respective segments) to overcome this problem.
The ACT training strategy is based on the latest methodologies of student-centred learning, integrated transdisciplinary skill training and individualized skill development planning.
The program integrates three levels of training and support:
(1) training within each network site (Each Full Partner will form the hub of distributed training activities for the assigned ESRs).
(2) training between network members (Fellows will be required to spend a minimum of 3 months in a site other than their host network site).
(3) training for the entire network (Intensive Training Events, Generic Skills Training Courses, ACT Communications Workshops ACT ESR led conference, International Conference on Action Research)
The network will also feature a series of visiting Professorships. (This provides fellows not only with high quality “peer-review” feedback on their work, but also an opportunity to form strong international career contacts)