How to apply for an ERC Advanced Grant

When:

25 April 2019 09:00 - 13:00

Where:

Hotel Scandic Nidelven, Havnegata 1-3, 7010 Trondheim

Type of event:

Workshop

Target group:

Researchers and EU-advisers

Registration deadline:

11 April

Register here

About the event

The Research Council of Norway and NTNU will organise a workshop for researchers who plan to apply for an ERC Advanced Grant.

This workshop is all about making your ERC proposal the best competitive proposal. Competition for an ERC Grant is fierce, and it is not enough to provide good science. Based on the experiences of the past ERC calls this workshop will provide you with valuable input for writing a competitive ERC Grant proposal.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the ERC Advanced Grant (WP2019) is 29 August 2019.

The workshop will be led by Mette Skraastad, Yellow Research. She has extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC starting, consolidator and advanced grants. She has trained candidates for writing ERC proposals since the second call.

More information about the workshop

In this workshop for ERC Advanced and Synergy Grant applicants we will discuss the ERC and panel specifics for the scientific proposal and Principal Investigator and how panels assess whether the proposed proposal is the best written proposal in your life time.

The ERC selection criteria applied by the panels use terms which have become familiar jargon, such as important challenge, novel concept, scientific approach and feasibility. Most of these terms are also used by other funding agencies but they are interpreted and applied differently. This workshop 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 discuss, assess and select project proposals This process differs
from panel to panel, for example feasibility of the scientific approach is assessed differently in social sciences from life sciences and development of a new methodology has a different meaning in social sciences from physics. What does this imply?

This workshop 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 obtaining an ERC grant.

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 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.

1. Training objectives

To provide researchers with a good understanding of:

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

2. Who should attend?

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

3. Methodology

The seminar 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 workshop is highly interactive and includes 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.

4. Trainer

Dr. Mette Skraastad, partner of Yellow Research has extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC Starting, Consolidator and Advanced grants. At Yellow Research we have successfully trained candidates for writing ERC proposals since the 2008 call. Her knowledge and experience in pre-submission review of ERC proposals is an
important aspect of our success in this training.

Programme

Contact

Berit Sundby Avset

Contact

Per Magnus Kommandantvold