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ERC proposal writing workshop

How to write competitive proposals for the ERC Synergy Grant

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. Synergy Grants are open to all researchers regardless of years of experience. Synergy Grants are designed for a group of two to a maximum of four Principal Investigators (PIs) to work together and bring different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. One will be designated as the corresponding PI (cPI).

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 chance 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 provide further information about support available for applicants at UiB.

DAY ONE - 14.06.2023

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

DAY TWO - 15.06.2023 between 09:30-11:30am

  • How I won my ERC Synergy Grant - Local grant holder 
  • How to set up your budget - ERC budgeting expert
  • Profile building and research communication for ERC applicants - ERC communications expert
  • Help for applicants at UiB - Katie Anders (ERC local contact)
  • What the NFR can offer ERC applicants - NFR 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.