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ERC proposal writing course

How to write competitive proposals for the ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants

The competition for ERC Grants can be daunting, but UiB has many examples of researchers who have won and enjoy the academic freedom of an ERC grant. Find out how to best prepare your application with this digital workshop. The Starting Grant is for early stage researchers (up to 7 years after their PhD has been defended). The next deadline is expected to be 23.10.23 (date tbc in June 2023). Consolidator Grant stipend is for mid-career researchers (7-12 years after their PhD is defended) who would like to propose a groundbreaking and risky project that they could not finance anywhere else. The next deadline is expected to fall late in winter 2023 (dates TBC in June 2023). Researchers with more than 12 years of experience are eligible to apply for the Advanced Grant. The next deadline is expected in late spring 2024 (dates TBC in June 2023).

Supported by ERC
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This course explains how to convey your research concept in a way that convinces both the ERC panel and your expert evaluators, and maximises your chances of success.

On day one, ERC expert Mette Skraastad from Yellow Research will share information on how to develop a successful application.

On day two, local experts will provide specific information about support available for applicants at UiB.

DAY ONE - 12.06.23

Session 1:  9:00-11:30pm

  • ERC in a nutshell
  • What are ERC panels looking for
  • Selecting an ERC panel
  • How to present methodology and appropriateness

Session 2: 12:30 - 14:30pm

  • How to design an implementation plan
  • How to write the B1 part
  • How to write the PI parts

A detailed overview of Yellow Research training can be found HERE.

DAY TWO - 13.06.23 between 09:30-11:30am

  • How I won my ERC Consolidator Grant 
  • How to set up your budget - UiB ERC budgeting expert
  • Profile building and research communication for ERC applicants - ERC communications expert
  • Help for applicants at UiB - Katie Anders (ERC local expert)
  • What the NFR can offer ERC applicants -  National Contact Point for ERC
  • Q&A 

Research advisers are very welcome to join this course.

Training and presentations will take place in English.

Training objectives - to provide researchers with a good understanding of:

  • ERC evaluation criteria and how to analyse them;
  • how to write a competitive scientific proposal considering panel specifics and type of project; and
  • what makes an excellent PI according to the reviewers of the different domains/panels.