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How to apply for ERC Grants? (Training)

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Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)

Av. Brasil, 4365


Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro


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Horizon 2020's program for excellent researchers looking to setup their own team in Europe!

This one day training, offered by ENRICH in Brazil and hosted by Fiocruz in Rio de Janeiro, will introduce the European Research Council (ERC) funding options. It will explain how and why to apply for the grants, complemented by a report of a successful applicant. Valuable information about the evaluation criteria and process will be provided. The theoretical information will be supplemented by practical exercises.

The ERC funds ambitious researchers and their groundbreaking research ideas and is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Programme for Research and Innovation.

Date: 2nd August 2018

Location: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) - Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC), Av. Brasil, 4365 - Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, Pavilhão Leônidas Deane (Pavilhão 26) - Auditório Maria Deane


8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome Address

9:15 - 9:45 Introduction Horizon 2020, Network of National Contact Points (NCP) &EURAXESS Brazil

9.45 – 10.30 ERC Funding Schemes: General introduction, program specificities & 2018 calls

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11.00 - 12:00 Why you should apply for an ERC Grant - the view of a successful applicant

(Dr. Bernardo S. Franklin, University Hospital Bonn/Germany, ERC Starting Grantee)

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 - 14.00 How to apply for an ERC Grant: Topic Definition & Proposal Writing (“5 Questions”)

14.00 – 15.00 Evaluation Criteria & Evaluation Process

15.00 – 15:30 Coffee Break & further interaction with grantees/alumni

15:30 - 16.15 Hints and tips for writing successful proposals (Exercise)

16:15 – 16:30 Closing remarks


Liane Lewerentz works as a German National Contact Point for the ERC in Bonn/Germany. With more than 10 years work experience with European research policies and funding, she is specialised in ERC proposals since 2011. Besides dealing with daily questions of applicants, she has trained researchers in several information and proposal writing events as well as in specialised ERC interview trainings. She is also working as a National Contact Point for Legal and Financial Matters and has worked as a NCP for Marie Sk?odowska Curie Actions and International Cooperation.


Who can apply for an ERC Grant?

The ERC's funding schemes cover all scientific fields across all established disciplinary boundaries. In particular, interdisciplinary or pioneering proposals addressing emerging fields and introducing unconventional (high risk – high gain) approaches are encouraged. You can start applying for an ERC Grant two years after finishing your PhD.

What you need for your application is:

  • an innovative idea for a research project at the frontiers of science,
  • an excellent scientific track record (publications and other achievements)
  • a host institution in Europe (any research performing organisation, i.e. universities, research organisations or private companies).

What kind of research will be funded?

Projects of innovative and groundbreaking nature in all fields of research (including Social Sciences and Humanities),

  • No pre-defined thematic areas or topics ("bottom up"),
  • Scientific excellence (of the scientist and the project idea) is the sole criterion for project selection

About the ERC grants

The European Research Council (ERC) is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Programme for Research and Innovation. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by funding the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, and supporting their innovative ideas. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake will be carried out in an EU Member State or Associated Country. ERC grants are becoming more and more internationally recognized as awards for scientific excellence.

Research projects funded by the ERC can last up to five years and can cover frontier research in any scientific domain, including social sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary studies. The grants may help both emerging research leaders and already well-established and recognized scientists. The maximum project funding varies from 1,5 Mio for Starting Grants to up to 2,5 Mio for Advanced Grants.

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