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ERC Interview Training for Consolidator Grants 2019

ERC Interview Training: Consolidator Grants 2019

Background: the Interview is a crucial step in the evaluation of the quality of the proposal and candidate. The success rate in step 2 is approximately 35-45%. The Invitation Letter for the interview does not provide any information about how the proposal is ranked. Therefore it is important to prepare for the interview well to increase your chances

The Groups: the participants will be divided in to 2 mock Panels to avoid competing candidates in the same panel. Each mock Panel is chaired by a dedicated trainer and consists of a maximum of 5 participants. When not presenting, you are part of the mock Panel and actively involved in interviewing the presenter on his or her ideas. Your presentation needs to be prepared in accordance with the specific instructions of the ERC Panel that has invited you for interview.

Feedback: the trainer and the mock Panel members provide their feedback on how to improve the presentation as well as how to answer questions during the interview. The trainer provides more detailed feedback on important aspects not well emphasized in the proposal. The training also includes half an hour of personal advice by a dedicated skills trainer on how to improve your performance: eg: posture, speaking pace.

1. Come prepared: Study Annex I of the Invitation Letter with the exact instructions of the Panel with regard to your interview, such as the duration of your presentation, number of slides, and duration of the question and answer session.

Review your B2 and prepare a draft presentation because we expect you to present this to a mock Panel (see programme)

Send us

? The B1 and B2

? The presentation

after receipt of our confirmation of your participation to the workshop, so that the trainers can prepare their feedback.

Confidentiality: All documentation will be treated in strictest confidence by the trainers and will be used only for the purpose of providing individual feedback. By joining the training you have agreed to treat all information from the other participants in the strictest confidence. Participants will not receive documents from other participants.

2. Training objectives

To get a thorough understanding of the buildup of your Panel’s interview set up and specific requirements;

To design and present a complex project proposal in detail as a 5, 7, 8, 10, or 12 minute presentation;

To prepare yourself for the scientific questions and how to answer them.

3. Trainers

Lotte Jaspers, Mette Skraastad, Aya van den Kroonenberg, and Jet van Dijk have extensive experience in pre-submission reviewing of ERC, Starting, Consolidator, and Advanced Grants. They have successfully trained candidates for the ERC interviews since the second FP7 call. Their solid knowledge and experience in pre-submission reviewing of ERC proposals is an important aspect of their success in interview training.

A dedicated skills trainer will be present as well.

4. Programme (for training in three groups): 9:00

Begin Interview sessions

Introduction on the Interview and procedures

Explanation on the individual training sessions; presentation exercise: present yourself; procedure of Step 2 evaluation; impact of the Interview; do’s and don’ts in Brussels; information on the Panels; the structure of a persuasive presentation (this will occur for each group)


Individual Presentation in front of mock Panel

Each participant will present and be interviewed by the mock Panel members, including feedback on presentation/ppt/handout


Lunch break


Individual Presentation in front of mock Panel Continuation


End of Day

October 1, 2019

Start Time:09:00
End Time: 16:30

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