Webinar: Hvordan skrive en god søknad til ERC Starting- eller Consolidator grant?


Onsdag 16. september 2020 kl. 13:00 – 15:00 og torsdag 17. september kl. 13:00 – 15:00



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Forskere og EU-rådgivere


Søndag 13. september

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Om arrangementet

Har du tenkt å søke ERC Starting grant eller Consolidator grant i 2021? Forskningsrådet og NTNU inviterer forskere til kurs i å skrive søknad til det europeiske forskningsrådet, ERC. Kurset er også nyttig dersom du planlegger å søke til en senere frist.

ERC Starting Grant har tentativ frist 9. mars. 2021 og er for forskere som har 2-7 års erfaring etter PhD. ERC Consolidator grant har tentativ frist 20. april 2021 og er for forskere med 7-12 års erfaring

Finn mer informasjon om Starting grant og Consolidator grant på ERC sine sider.

Planlagt åpningsdato for utlysningene er 12 og 21 januar. Detaljer om utlysningene i 2021 blir publisert når ERC sitt arbeidsprogram for 2021 er godkjent. Det kommer når Horizon Europe er formelt vedtatt i EU's politiske organer.

Hvem kan delta?

Kurset er åpent for forskere/rådgivere ved norske universiteter, høyskoler og forskningsinstitutter.

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Når du melder deg på så skal du bruke epostadressen din på din norske institusjon. Vi bruker denne adressen når vi sender deg lenke til webinaret som vil foregå på Zoom. 

I videoen under får du en kort introduksjon til ERC:


Mette Skraastad, ph.d

Grunnlegger/partner Yellow Research

Mette Skraastad leder kurset. Hun har omfattende erfaring med å lede ERC-workshops og med å se gjennom søknader til ERC Starting, Consolidator, Advanced og Synergy Grants. Yellow Research har veiledet søkere til ERC siden 2008.


Part I: ERC in a nutshell: who is your audience.

ERC structure and evaluation procedure

Part II: Challenge, importance and project idea: Innovativeness and Relevance

Using the ERC writing instructions and the evaluation criteria we will discuss how to present the challenge(s) or research question (s), project idea and relevance to the critical external referees. We will discuss ERC terms as challenge and innovativeness and how panels select proposals using the sole selection criterion excellence.

Part III: High risk and high gain balance – Ambition

In this section we will discuss the high risk and high gain balance and potential feasibility of the scientific approach. The ERC panels are selecting proposals with a high quality research with clear intermediate goals, expected results, well-structured plan, evidence for feasibility and appropriate back-up plans. Enabling the panel to assess the ambition but also the potential significant gain of the proposed research. The balance of high risk and high gain is used to select the most promising proposals.

Part IV: Questions and answers and closing

Part V: Scientific Proposal: Methodology – Matureness

In this section we will discuss how to present a solid methodology section containing not only the proposed activities to collect new information but also to analyse and conceptualise the findings. Enabling the panel to assess the appropriateness of the proposed methodology for achieving the goals.

Part VI: Selecting ERC panel – Focus of panel

We will discuss how to select the best panel to increase the likelihood of funding

Part VII: How to write the different sections

We will discuss the different sections of the proposal and what information could or should be presented in each section and why. We will walk through all proposal sections being: Summary, Extended Synopsis, PI description, Scientific Proposal and the A3 form for justifying the costs. Going from promises made to the potential added value in view of ongoing research.


A 1-1,5 hour webinar addressing questions and loose ends

In this webinar programme for ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant 2021 applicants we will discuss the ERC objectives and structure and how panels assess to what extent the proposed research is the best written proposal in your lifetime and containing high quality research.

The ERC selection criteria applied by the panels use terms which have become familiar jargon, such as important challenge, groundbreaking, scientific approach and feasibility. Most of these terms are also used by other funding agencies but they are interpreted and applied differently. This webinar will explain in detail not only what these terms mean and imply under the ERC umbrella but also how the ERC panel members use these terms to assess, discuss and select project proposals. This process differs from panel to panel, for example feasibility of the scientific approach is assessed differently in a life sciences panel focusing on basic research or resolving cause of disease or applied research. Development of a new methodology has a different meaning in applied and basic research. What does this imply? This webinar will supply you with the necessary knowledge to write a successful ERC proposal and will be an invaluable aid in meeting the ERC standards and getting one step closer to an ERC grant award.

Using the ERC guide "Instructions for Applicants" we will explain how you can address the ERC selection criteria and the panel specifics and draft a competitive project proposal. For example, we will examine keywords used in the ERC documentation and explain how to present a competitive proposal by focusing on high quality research. We will discuss what defines high quality research and how can the ERC evaluation criteria be used to translate your project idea into high quality research. How can the term ‘groundbreaking’ be used to mark the innovativeness or originality of the proposed research and the term ‘high gain’ to demonstrate the potential breakthrough in science? How can your ambition be balanced by evidence for feasibility and back-up plans?

We will explain in detail how you to address the evaluation criteria and in particular innovativeness and feasibility in view of the panel specifics and research fields.

Training objectives

To provide researchers with a good understanding of

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

Who should attend?

The webinars will be of value for applicants who want to submit an ERC proposal. Depending on the scientific backgrounds of the participants we will highlight domain specific issues.


The webinars will be in English, with no translation. The trainer(s) will provide practical information and discuss the requested information, the evaluation criteria and the best strategy for drafting the proposal with the participants.
The webinars are interactive and includes moments for discussions to promote an exchange of views between participants and trainer(s). Each participant receives an extensive guide with the information on the topics listed in the programme.


Berit Sundby Avset

Per Magnus Kommandantvold