Trainings on the ERC - Writing a competitive proposal, in São Paulo (30/07) and Rio de Janeiro (01/08)

    Brazil, São Paulo; Rio de Janeiro
    ENRICH Brazil

The European project ENRICH in Brazil is offering two free-of-charge trainings in Brazil focused on the European Research Council (ERC) to take place in:

The events will be hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) at their premises in the two capitals, with the support of EURAXESS Brazil. EURAXESS will be presented in both locations. The team will actively participate in the Rio edition.

Find the slides from the presentations here:

Target group: researchers, with a PhD - ongoing or completed - in all areas of knowledge and from all institutions.


The training aims at introducing the European Research Council (ERC) funding options and explaining how and why to apply for the grants. It will be complemented by a report of a successful applicant. Valuable information about the evaluation criteria and process will be provided. The theoretical information will be supplemented by practical exercises.

The ERC funds ambitious researchers and their groundbreaking research ideas and is part of Horizon 2020. The ERC is for excellent researchers looking to set up their own team in Europe or to collaborate closely with a small group of Europe-based teams!


In practice


The training will be given in English. No translation will be provided.
Free events, limited seats.
Registration is mandatory.


Date: 30 July 2019, 8:30-17:00
Location: Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rua Itapeva, 432 – Room 1002, Bela Vista – São Paulo – SP


Date: 1 August 2019, 8:30-17:00
Location: Fundação Getulio Vargas, Praia de Botafogo, 190 – Auditorium 414, Botafogo – Rio de Janeiro – RJ

More about the 2 events here.


EURAXESS Training – MSCA and ERC proposal writing (Belo Horizonte)
Date: 5&6 August 2019, 8:30-17:00, 8:30-13:00
Location: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do estado de Minas Gerais, FAPEMIG
Av. José Cândido da Silveira, 1500 - Horto Florestal, Belo Horizonte - MG

More and registration for Belo Horizonte: bit.ly/EURAXESSTraining2019



About the ERC Trainer

Ylva Huber is a geneticist by training and joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG, Division of European and International Programmes) in 2004. She acts as National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Research Council (ERC) since 2011 and coordinates FFG's contribution to the EURAXESS initiative.

About the ERC

The European Research Council (ERC) is a funding agency for investigator-driven frontier research established by the European Commission in 2007. Aiming at fundamental advances at and beyond the “frontier“ of knowledge, the ERC seeks to encourage the highest quality research through competitive funding by supporting research bottom-up across all fields on the basis of scientific excellence.

The ERC is open to researchers of all nationalities who are interested in conducting research in Europe.

It funds young, early-career top researchers ('ERC Starting grants'), already independent excellent scientists ('ERC Consolidator Grants'), and senior research leaders ('ERC Advanced Grants').

Furthermore, since recently an ERC Principal Investigator may be hosted by an institution outside of Europe if he/she is supported by an ERC Synergy Grants,. Those generous grants support groups of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. One Principal Investigator per Synergy Grant group at any one time can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the EU or Associated Countries, such as Brazil or any other LAC country..

More: https://erc.europa.eu/. For more info in PORTUGUESE, click here.

Examples of Brazilian researchers funded by the ERC: http://bit.ly/LACandtheERC

About Horizon 2020:

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money attracts. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Find out more about H2020 here.

Agenda - 30 July 2019 & 1 August 2019


8:30 - Registration

9:00 - Welcome Address

9:15 - 9:45 - Introduction to Horizon 2020 & the network of National Contact Points (NCP)

9.45 - 10.30 - ERC in a nutshell: Funding principles, evaluation process & 2019/2020 calls, including the ERC Synergy Grant Call*

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee break

11.00 - 12:00 - Sharing experiences: Tips by an ERC Grantee (In Rio de Janeiro, Advanced grant awardee Mario Barbatti, SUBNANO project on Computational Photochemistry) & ERC panel member (Margarida Maria Telo da Gama for São Paulo; Silvia H. Koller for Rio de Janeiro)

12.00 - 13.00 - Lunch break

13.00 - 13:45 - Writing the proposal: Structure and some lessons learnt

13:45 - 15.15 - Wearing an evaluator’s hat: Practical Exercise part I

15:15 - 15:45 - Coffee break

15:45 - 16.15 - Practical exercise part II - Discussion of findings and wrap up

16:15 - 16:45 - EURAXESS – Support to mobile researchers

*(one of up to four ERC Principal investigators within a Synergy group can be hosted outside of Europe)