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How to write a competitive ERC Application

Webinar Training Series

European Research Council (ERC) applications are the World Championships of research funding. They offer an unparalleled opportunity for researchers to undertake ambitious, fundamental, and bottom up (investigator led) research. Because of this, they are extremely competitive. To understand how to make your proposal stand out amongst such a strong field, GrantCraft have put together the following webinar series. This is based on over a decade of experience and analysis of several hundred (successful and unsuccessful) ERC applications.

This webinar series will not only give an insight into the funding criteria, but will cover both written and unwritten rules that determine success. In addition, the series is designed to provide a framework that will enable you put together an optimised application by breaking down the B1 and B2 templates into a series of sub-sections and providing you with the content, detail and justification which is required. The three main objectives of the webinar series are for you:

1. To understand what the ERC reviewers are looking for in a standout application.

2. To know the key messages and nuances which need to be communicated within B1 (the extended synopsis, CV and track record) and B2 (full proposal).

3. To develop the skills and knowledge required to be able to write a competitive ERC proposal.

The course is composed of 13 webinars and a single 1-to-1 Q & A session with a GrantCraft specialist consultant.

The individual webinars are entitled:

Webinar One: Introduction and Overview
Webinar Two: Criteria 1 – Importance and ambition of your project
Webinar Three: Criteria 2 – High risk, high gain, and feasible research
Webinar Four: Criteria 3 – The PI
Webinar Five: Structuring B1 – Presenting a convincing rationale
Webinar Six: Structuring B1 – Capturing Ambition
Webinar Seven: Structuring B1 – Challenges and objectives, risk and gain
Webinar Eight: Structuring B1 – Reinforcing feasibility
Webinar Nine: Structuring B2 – CV and track record, tips and tricks
Webinar Ten: Structuring B2 – Expanding the state of the art
Webinar Eleven: Structuring B2 – Building a convincing methodology
Webinar Twelve: Structuring B2 – Project planning, risk, and aligning resources
Webinar Thirteen: Summary and proposal development strategy

See our introductory video below as an example!




Introductory Video

Take a look at our free introductory video so you can see for yourself what this excellent webinar series can offer.

These webinars can be purchased by individuals or for institutional access. The costs are:

Individual access: € 500 exclusive of any applicable VAT
Institutional group discounts are available. Please contact us to discuss your requirements through our enquiries form.

(Please note that if you are already taking advantage of our
full immersive support package whilst you write your application then this webinar series is included free of charge).

Payment can be made by BACS (contact us for this), PayPal, or credit card.

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