Proposal course ERC

How to write competitive proposals for the ERC Starting Grants

The competition for ERC Grants can be daunting, but UiB has many examples of researchers who managed to receive support and who enjoy the academic freedom of an ERC grant. Find out how to best prepare your application at this course. The Starting Grant stipends are for young researchers (2-7 years after their PhD) who would like to propose a groundbreaking and risky project that they could not finance anywhere else.

Supported by ERC
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Are you a young researcher (2-7  years after PhD?). Do you have an exciting research idea that keeps you awake at night? Could this research open new frontiers in your field and other fields? 

Join our course and learn more about how to put your idea on paper in a way that convinces both the ERC panel and your expert evaluators.

Our trainer Mette Skraastad from Yellow Research has extensive experience  in coaching academics towards successful ERC applications and she will share her insights with us.

Due to the pandemic the course will be offered on zoom in 3 sessions over 2 days.


14.6.  9.00-11.30 (Mette Skraastad)

-ERC in a nutshell

-what are ERC panels looking for

-Selecting an ERC panel

-How to present methodology and appropriateness

14.6. 13.00-15.00 (Mette Skraastad)

-How to design an implementation plan

-How to write the B1 part

-How to write the PI parts


15.6. 9.30-11.30 (UiB ERC team and UiB grantee)

-How I won my ERC Starting Grant 

-How to set up your budget

-Help for applicants at UiB

-Answers to your questions 


Research advisers are very welcome to join this course.

The training will be conducted in English language.

Training objectives 

To provide researchers with a good understanding of:

  • the 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.