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Course: The Successful ERC Applicant

Learn how to write a successful ERC proposal and present your research project in the best possible way. Boost your chances of being awarded a grant from the European Research Council by understanding the format and the concepts of the proposal. The course takes place 20 October 2015 in Aarhus.

Time and place

Oct 20, 2015
from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Scandic Aarhus City, Østergade 10, DK-8000 Aarhus C

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Excellent researchers who wish to realise a ground-breaking research idea through a grant from the ERC. Furthermore, the course is relevant for research administrators and consultants who support applicants.


The course targets the following ERC grant schemes: Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant, and Advanced Grant.

Course content

Proposals for the ERC differ from the rest of Horizon 2020 as the focus is solely on the excellent research idea and the profile of the principal investigator, including his/her CV and track-record. For Starting Grant and Consolidator Grant the evaluation process also includes a personal interview with the applicant.  

The course will focus on:

  • The ERC proposal requirements in relation to project idea and research profile of the principal investigator
  • The evaluation criteria 
  • The experiences of ERC evaluators and successful ERC applicants
  • The role of the host institution in relation to an ERC project.

Programme for 'The successful ERC Applicant'

Breakfast and Registration
Welcome – presentation of programme and participants
v/Ulrik Kjølsen Olsen, EuroCenter, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
Introduction to ERC
v/Jan Corner-Walker & Kim L. Kryger, EuroCenter, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
Scientific Proposal (Part B2)
v/Ulrik Kjølsen Olsen
Coffee Break
Extended Synopsis and Proposal Summary (Part B1)
v/Jan Corner-Walker
Principal Investigator
v/Ulrik Kjølsen Olsen & Jan Corner-Walker, EuroCenter, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
Coffee Break
The experiences of an ERC Consolidator Grantee (ERC Consolidator Grant 2014)
v/Alexander Zelikin, Associate Professor, Aarhus University
Interview Phase
v/Kim L. Kryger, EuroCenter, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
An evaluator’s experiences
v/Professor Jeppe Olsen, Aarhus University
Concluding remarks and thank you for today    
v/Ulrik Kjølsen Olsen


The course will focus on ERC proposal writing and provide you advice, tools, and inspiration for your own grant proposal.  Based on our experience we will address the challenges and the common mistakes of the proposal writing.

Drawing upon evaluators and successful applicants (of which two will be present at the course) we will offer you insights into the evaluation criteria and the factors that determine the fate of an ERC application.  The course will give you a clear understanding of:

  • How the concepts ”ground-breaking research”, “high risk/high gain”, and “impact” are to be understood in the context of the ERC. That will enable you to address them in the right way in your own proposal.
  • The different parts of the ERC proposal, what to focus on, and how to prioritise the time spent on the proposal writing.
  • The formal ERC evaluation criteria and the informal expectations of the evaluators. This will sharpen your ability to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • How best to prepare for the ERC interview.
  • The informal requirements that can make your proposal stand out.

Pre- and/or Post-Award

Pre-Award. The course is relevant if you are in the proposal writing phase.

Course form

We combine presentations from EuroCenter’s advisors with exercises and testimonials from ERC evaluators and successful applicants.


The maximum number of participants is 25.

Course material

Course material will be handed out to the participants on the date of the course.




DKK 3,000 DKK + VAT

Date and place

20 October 2015

    • Scandic Aarhus City
      Østergade 10
      DK-8000 Aarhus C


    • Please register online two weeks before the course at:
    • The course is closed for further participation.


We will send an invoice after the course.


Deadline for cancellation is two weeks before the course. After this date registration is binding and the registration fee will be colleted regardless. However, you are welcome to send a substitute in your place, if you are unable to attend.

last modified Oct 14, 2015