ERC online academy

Video academy to design and write competitive ERC proposals

Find out how to apply for an ERC Starting or Consolidator Grant. The ERC wants to support younger researchers to become and stay independent. Our experienced trainers will help you to demystify the ERC and take you through a comprehensive journey in short videos that you can watch when it suits you. The courses will be followed by a live q&a call.

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Are you a young researcher (2-7 years after PhD for StG and 7-12 years for CoG)? Do you have a new and groundbreaking research idea that keeps you awake at night? Will the idea break new grounds in your own and neighbouring disciplines?

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we cannot offer a physical course this year, but you can learn all about the ERC whenever it suits you wherever you have internet access.

Please join us for a series of two courses to find out how to bring your idea to life:

The ERC Basics course is for those who would like to try ERC for the first time. It will show you the basic concepts which are different from Research Council projects. Total length 80 min in videos of 5-7 minutes.

The ERC Beyond Academy should be taken right after or of those who are already familiar with the ERC. Its total length is 2h 45min.



Registration for both courses is open until May 19th 2021. See link on the right hand side.

Basic course: 20.5.-2.6.

Beyond Academy: 3.6.-18.6.

The Beyond Academy includes a live Q&A call 17.6. from 10:00.

Deadline to send your questions for this is and to complete the beyond course is June 16th 13:00.

Our trainers from Enspire Science have many years of experience with ERC and a very good success rate of researchers they coached. 

Participants will obtain a complete understanding of the ERC funding scheme.

The basic course will lay the foundations of the ERC grant. The Academy will focus on conveying information to the participants which cannot be found in the ERC official documentation.

Key topics:

  • ERC basics and the evaluation process
  • Screening ERC candidates – Who is a competitive applicant and when to say “No”
  • What constitutes the required Scientific Excellence?
  • The unique nature of ERC: High risk, high gain, non-incremental work
  • Hypothesis in ERC – how to do it right
  • The methodology chapter
  • Review Panel selection
  • The panel-application reciprocal effect
  • The open-ended nature of ERC
  • Project fragmentation in ERC
  • Understanding when collaborations in ERC are acceptable
  • ERC Synergy grant – addressing its unique characteristics
  • The ERC application and technical aspects 
  • Feeding the reviewer 
  • Analyzing the evaluation summary report


Research advisers are welcome to join.


The course will be held in English.