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Info event on ERC (25 May 2021)

An online information event in English about the European Research Council (ERC) grants.

The event was organised by the Project Management Department
of the Faculty of Science, Charles University.

When: 25 May 2021 (13:00 – 15:00)


Video record of the event.


We thank all the speakers and participants.


The event introduced:

  • ERC rules – types of grants, eligibility criteria, evaluation procedure
  • ERC logic – what kind of research ERC supports, who should apply for it and why
  • Support for ERC applicants at the Faculty of Science
  • Experience of successful grantees at the Faculty of Science

Target groups:

  • (Young) researchers, who want to know what ERC is about and whether it might be an opportunity for them.
  • Heads of departments and of research teams,
    who want to recognise and motivate young researchers that should apply for an ERC grant.
  • Anyone else interested in the topic.

Organiser contact: klara.sobotikova@natur.cuni.cz

What is ERC?

  • The European Research Council – ERC – supports research that is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge. It operates on a “bottom-up” basis without predetermined priorities.
  • ERC research grants support excellent Principal investigators (PIs) and their research teams. The PI must demonstrate ground-breaking nature of the proposal, it mustn’t be a mere continuation of previous achievements.
  • ERC provides long-term funding (usually 5-year grants). Once awarded, the PIs are given a lot of liberty in managing their project and budget.
  • Approximately two thirds of ERC research funding go to researchers, who are starting or consolidating their own research team or programme – it’s a great opportunity for young leaders of research teams.
  • More about ERC on the Faculty of Science website.


Last update: 27. 5. 2021

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