ERC Starting Grant mentoring event



Jana Siftova (European Research Council Executive Agency), Kaius Sinnemaki (University of Helsinki), Lydia Schumacher (King's College London), Mangala Srinivas (Cenya Imaging B.V.; Radboud University Medical Center ), Nedjeljka Zagar (University of Hamburg), Toma Susi (University of Vienna), Valeria Gazzola (University of Amsterdam; Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience), Zeila Zanolli (Utrecht University)

This online event hosted by the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) on 21st September 2020 welcomes researchers from EU13 and Associated Countries who are interested in applying for a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. We wish to provide guidance and support to young applicants from under-represented nations by connecting them with mentors who have successfully navigated through the process.

The event will start with a plenary information session for potential applicants and a short Q&A with a representative from the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA). This is followed by three parallel sessions focusing on each ERC research domain: Physical Sciences & Engineering (PE), Life Sciences (LS), and Social Sciences & Humanities (SH). These sessions will be moderated by YAE members holding ERC grants who will give an overview of the domains, answer questions, and get to know the participants looking for mentors.

Participants from other countries may register, but priority will be given to researchers whose prospective Host Institution is located within the EU13 and Horizon Associated Countries, and who are planning to apply in the January 2021 call. 

Plenary session

14:00-14:05 Opening (Mangala Srinivas, YAE Chair)
14:05-14:30 Information session, The European Research Council: Funding opportunities and application and evaluation process (Jana Siftova, ERCEA)
14:30-14:45 Q&A
14:45-15:00 Equal opportunities for next generation researchers in Europe (Nedjeljka Zagar)

Breakout sessions

15:00-16:00 Domain PE (Toma Susi and Zeila Zanolli, YAE)
15:00-16:00 Domain LS (Valeria Gazzola and Mangala Srinivas, YAE)
15:00-16:00 Domain SH (Kaius Sinnemäki and Lydia Schumacher, YAE)

A link for the online meeting will be sent to registered participants by email on the morning of the event.

The Young Academy of Europe would like to thank the European Research Council for their support and participation.


Registration will close on 20.09.2020, 23:59 CET.

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