ADVANCE – Educating the next generation of ATMP professionals

Project Acronym ADVANCE
Funding Program Erasmus Plus
Budget € 375,000
Coordinator EATRIS

ADVANCE in a nutshell

ADVANCE is a 30-month EU training project, supported by Erasmus Plus with the objective to develop a 3-stage blended learning programme to support early-career biomedical scientists in developing currently missing scientific knowledge, transversal skills and competences to meet the key challenge areas existing in the ATMP development cycle.

The “next generation of ATMP developers” – i.e. early-career biomedical academics (PhDs, Postdocs), including doctors in training, clinician-scientists and SME-based professionals,  who are considered to be an important component of the labour market and the critical intermediaries of the ATMP development pipeline – are the core target group for the three-stage blended learning programme foreseen by ADVANCE.

Intellectual Outputs

The project will generate 5 different outputs:

  • Online course (IO1 )
  • Webinars (IO2)
  • Workshop (IO3)
  • Open Badges (IO4)
  • Sustainability plan (IO5)

ADVANCE consortium

The consortium is led by EATRIS ERIC and consists of 6 additional European partners:

What ADVANCE Offers and How to Get Involved?

ADVANCE Programme will run in 2 cycles. One cycle will last about a year and will offer participants to be involved in webinars, take an online course, and participate in a 5-day workshop.


Each cycle of the programme will have 7 webinars, completely free of charge and open for all. Three of the webinars are focusing on career development (CV and motivation letter writing, preparing for a job interview, and maintaining a good work-life balance). Four webinars will be handling the key challenges of ATMP development (Scientific, Manufacturing, Reimbursement and Regulatory). The webinars that have already taken place are linked below.

Online Course

The first iteration of the online course will be launched in December 2020 and is completely open and free of charge to anyone interested in the ATMPs development topic. The course is ca. 7 hours of interactive lectures, and nearly 20 hours of independent assignments, and is entirely self-paced. It consists of 4 Units representing the key challenges of the ATMPs development cycle – Scientific, Manufacturing, Reimbursement and Regulatory. Participants will have a chance to listen to talks by 12 top scientists, industry experts and regulators in the field, get acquainted with the relevant literature, and complete assignments such as developing a potency assay strategy for a new ATMP​, building a submission dossier for regulatory review for a new cell therapy​, and performing a Health Technology Assessment on an ATMP using the HTA Core Model.

Register for Online Course

Register here for the ADVANCE online course. You will be taken to the Elevate Health e-learning platform.



The workshop is a 5-day full time commitment and will strongly focus on ATMPs development and will be complemented by career development activities. The workshop will be held twice during the ADVANCE Programme (2021 & 2022). Only 30 participants will be selected to participate in each workshop. The first workshop is planned to take place virtually in Spring 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the workshop registration is not yet open.

Digital Accomplishment Badges

To show the participation in the ADVANCE Programme we have created digital accomplishment badges associated with participation and acquired skills. There are 5 separate badges that participants can apply for in conjunction with all of the above mentioned activities. Two badges are linked to webinar participation (CV writing skills and preparing for a job interview), one badge will be earned for completion of the online course, and 2 badges will be earned in relation the 5-day workshop (science communication, and work-life balance).

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ADVANCE Programme Webinar Recordings

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Erasmus Plus programme under grant agreement 2019-1-NL01-KA203-060286.

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