Proposal Writing Training Course for MSCA IF & ERC Grant


Jul 2018

Proposal Writing

Open Course | € 350 Price

Terms and Conditions

Brief introduction to training

If you have an excellent scientific profile and a ground-breaking research projects in mind then a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) or a European Research Council Grant(ERC) might be your next step. This training course has been specifically developed for young and ambitious researchers with no or limited previous experience in European funding.

By the end of the training course you will have all the necessary knowledge on what makes a successful MSCA IF/ERC proposal.

What will you learn?

Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF)

The course will provide you with solid understanding of the objectives, the policy context and the basic principles that make a successful Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship application. We will look in great detail through the evaluation criteria, Excellence, Impact and Implementation and provide you insights on best practices. At the end of the course you will have good understanding of what are the elements of a very competitive proposal.

European Research Council Grant (ERC)

ERC is a very competitive and prestigious fellowship that gives you the opportunity to accelerate your scientific career. Using the Instructions for applicants and the templates of the proposal we will explain how the ERC gatekeepers can be addressed and what steps you can take to have a competitive proposal. We will examine in detail the evaluation criteria and discuss the format of your B1 and B2. By the end of the course you will have a good understanding on how to interpret the evaluation criteria, how to design a competitive proposal and how to emphasise your potential as a PI and the ground-breaking nature of your research.

Who is the course for?

The course will be in English and it will be highly interactive so that you can benefit from the other participants and the trainer as well. The training course is for anyone thinking of applying for an MSCA IF or an ERC grant.

08.00 – 08:30 Coffee/Welcome

08.30 – 10.00 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions- Individual Fellowships

  • General Introduction to Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, Individual Fellowships (IFs), objectives and
    relevant policies
  • Eligibility criteria, evaluation process and evaluation criteria

10.00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 13:00 What is expected from you in the application

  • Excellence
  • Impact
  • Implementation

13:00-13:45 Lunch Break

13:45- 16:00 European Research Council

  • Overview of the scheme, objectives, evaluation criteria and the evaluation process
  • Part B1: Extended Synopsis, CV and track record
  • Part B2: the scientific Proposal. Using the templates as provided by the ERC we will explain an evaluator expects to read in this section and also provide you with some tips on how to address the criteria that the ERC has set as gatekeepers:
    • ground-breaking nature, novelty and ambition
    • high-gain/high-risk balance
    • feasibility
    • impact of your proposed research
    • contingency plans

16.00-17.00 Questions and Answers

About the trainer

Dr Theodora Lola-Luz has experience on European projects since FP6 and has worked on research projects as a scientist and manager since 2005. The course further benefits from her experience as an EU evaluator for H2020.

Theodora holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland (Biology), an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Environmental protection and management and a BSc in Agricultural Sciences. She has more than 10-year experience in proposal preparation and management in EU and international funding and has worked on research projects as a scientist and manager since 2005. She is a specialist in proposal writing and review of European Research and Innovation programmes such as: the Sixth (FP6) and Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Horizon 2020 (including ERC and MSCA). Theodora has extensive experience in preparing and submitting project proposals, under Horizon 2020 (collaborative projects) ERC (StG, CoG and AdG), as well the MSCA programme (COFUND, IFs, ITNs and RISE). She is actively involved in discussions, the conception and development of new Horizon 2020 proposals, while at the same time overseeing the successful coordination of the proposal preparation phase, attending pre-submission consortia meetings and ensuring the timely and high-quality submission of proposals.

Proposal Writing Training Course for MSCA IF & ERC Grant