One-day workshop (in-house or online) followed by individual consultancy sessions.
Co-trainer: Dr Brigitte Weiss-Brummer
Researchers with typically 3-11 years of research experience after their doctorate.
Content and aim of the workshop
ERC grants are highly regarded as a measure of excellence in the international research community and have a sustained positive effect on the career development of individual researchers. But how do you prepare for an ERC Grant effectively, if success rates are at 10-15%?
The workshop provides essential guidance to navigate the ERC application process and prepare both the research project and the curriculum vitae to address the evaluation criteria successfully. Building on more than 12 years of professional experience with the ERC and nearly 100 successful proposals, the programme translates ERC-specific terminology, such as groundbreaking, innovative, high gisk/high gain, for the individual setting and explains unwritten rules. It also covers typical profiles of ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant holders, a self-assessment, the critical importance of panel selection, understanding of who the reviewers are, and the overall timing of proposal submission.
The hands-on programme consists of an interactive one-day workshop with two experienced trainers and individual consultancy sessions on the following two days. Participants are expected to prepare a one-page outline of their potential ERC project and a one-page CV prior to the workshop. It is limited to 16 participants and will be presented in English. The workshop employs theory input, plenary discussions, a self-assessment and a brief writing activity, as well as sharing of experiences. The individual consultancy session provides the opportunity to probe further into the feasibility of the research idea for ERC funding, review the individual track record and determine next steps.