Some tips to write a successful ERC grant proposal
- When drafting Part B1, pay particular attention to the Extended Synopsis (section a) and do not think of it as simply complementing Part B2. It is important that Part B1 contains all essential information.
- In your institutions there might researchers who have already applied and won a grant. Ask them for recommendations and for the revision of the proposal.
- You should count with the support of your national contact point.
an appealing “Synopsis”. It should cover the following sections:
- Present an excellent research idea with rigorous scientific approach.
- Its ground breaking features.
- Scientific feasibility.
- Underline the high risk and high gain of the project.
- CV: compelling, informative, previous funding and other ongoing applications.
the personal panel interview for the STEP 2 evaluation. Some tips are:
- Practice the presentation with colleagues.
- Be assertive & reviewer friendly
- Provide if possible relevant scientific data.
- Do not oversimplify the challenge of the proposal.
- Do not over-stress the potential impact.
- Remember: panel reviewers are eminent scientists, but not necessarily in your field of science. Don´t be afraid of their questions as they have a genuine interest.
ERC project is based on:
- Excellent Research Idea,
- Rigorous scientific approach
- Exceptional track record
- Outstanding knowledge
- Devote their time.
- Creativity, ambition and boldness
- The panel is very important, you need to choose the panel that best fits the project. They only see parts B1 and B2, but all documents are needed. The 1st step after the submission of the application is the revision of the eligibility criteria by the EC.