26 May

Webinar: How to write a successful ERC Advanced grant application


26 May 2020 09:30 - 14:00


Zoom webinar – link will be sent to the registered participants

Type of event:


Target group:

Researchers and EU-advisers

Registration deadline:

21 May 2020

Register here

About the event

Are you going to apply to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) in August 2020? The Research Council and UiO invites you to attend a course in how to write an application to the European Research Council, ERC. The course is also relevant if you plan to apply to a later deadline, be it AdG, Starting Grant (StG), Consolidator Grant (CoG) or Synergy grant (SyG).

The ERC AdG deadline is August 29th 2020 and researchers with more than 10 years of experience can apply.

The course is held in English.

Who can participate?
The webinar is only open to researchers/advisors with a position at a Norwegian university or research institution. Please use your e-mail address at your Norwegian institution when you register. We will send the link to the seminar to this address.

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

More information about the event
In this workshop for ERC Advanced 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.

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.


09:30 -11:30 Mette Skraastad: How to write an ERC AdG
11:30 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 14:00 Mette continues, and answers questions received via chat.


Berit Sundby Avset


Per Magnus Kommandantvold