This workshop is all about writing the best competitive Advanced Grant. Competition for the ERC Advanced Grant is fierce. This workshop will provide you with valuable input for writing a competitive ERC Advanced Grant proposal.
The call was published on 10th of July 2012 and has one single deadline: 22nd November 2012. The budget for 2013 call is approx 662 MEUR.
The overwhelming interest in the newly introduced synergy grant will lower the pressure on advanced grant applications due to the restriction of submitting more than one ERC application in the same calendar year.
A thorough understanding of the Guide for Applicants requirements is essential for writing a successful competitive ERC-proposal. The work programme for Call 2013 states: the ERC Advanced Grants encourage substantial advances at the frontier of knowledge by supporting excellent, leading advanced investigators to pursue ground breaking, high risk/ high gain research. The evaluation criteria focus on: novel, unconventional, innovative, challenges, new opportunities, high-risk, high-gain, feasibility, expected impact, interdisciplinary nature, new and emerging field etc. The workshop discusses how to address the evaluation criteria in the most competitive way.
To provide researchers with a good understanding of:
- the requirements of the Guide for Applicants regarding the structure and the contents of the proposal;
- the evaluation criteria and how these can be matched upon the requirements of the Guide for Applicants;
- Approaches to draft an outstanding proposal.
Who should attend?
The course is of value for applicants and support staff.
The seminar will be in English, with no translation. The trainers will give practical information, examine the evaluation criteria and the best strategy for drafting the proposal. The workshop is highly interactive and periods of discussions are included in the programme to promote exchange of views between participants and trainers. Each participant will receive an extensive guide with the information on the topics listed in the programme.
Lotte Jaspers and Mette Skraastad PhD have extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC starting and advanced grants. They have started with success to train candidates for writing ERC proposals since the second call. Their knowledge and experience in pre-submission review of ERC proposals is an important aspect of their success in this training.
Programme 2011 & 2012
9.15 Coffee and tea and registration
Part I ERC Starting Grants
9.30 Lessons learned from the previous calls and evaluation procedure
10.30 Coffee Break
Part II How to write a successful ERC-proposal
B2: Scientific Proposal
Objectives, State-of-the-Art, Methodology, Resources and approaches to originality, creativity and ambition are discussed.
In details we will address: 1) novel and unconventional aspects, 2) the high gain and high risk balance and the link to feasibility,3) the envisioned impact on future research, 4) planning of the project with intermediate goals and 5) matching the evaluation criterion on research with the project template.
12.15 Lunch Break
Part III Extended Synopsis
The Extended Synopsis is a 5 page summary of the Scientific Proposal with an emphasis on the ground breaking elements and feasibility of the proposal and its impact on further research.
Part IV B1: Principal Investigator
CV including Funding ID, 10-year Track Record and how to balance this with your scientific proposal.
16.00 Wrap up: Individual questions and answers
16.30 End of course
Course fee, possibility for personal clinic
The course fee is 625,00 euro fully inclusive of coffee & tea, lunch and course material as well as up to a maximum of 2,5 hours project review.
Course fee for an in house course at your institution is 3.275,00 euro, excluding hotel and subsistence costs. Any prescreening can be agreed upon separately.
Date, time, location
Date(s): not scheduled, available as in-house event
Time: 9:15 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Yellow Research, Herengracht 495, 1017 BT, Amsterdam
1. Project review. The course fee includes 2.5 hours of project review per participant as follow up of this specific course and cannot be exchanged for other review services. One of the trainers will provide you with input to improve (parts of) your proposal. This service will be offered until 14 calendar days before the call deadline.
2. Project writing assistance. Please note that the 2,5 hours of project review allow us to give general comments to your proposal. If you wish a more in-depth analysis of your proposal, please contact us for more information.
Click on the blue button ‘Book this course’ on the top of this page to book online or to download the booking form. For questions about this course, please contact Sarah Jones at jones[at]yellowresearch[dot]nl.