ERC Starting Grant Mentoring Event – Narrative CVs and Evaluation#

Date: 31 May 15.00-16:20 CET
Platform: Virtual – Zoom

Young researchers wishing to apply to the ERC Starting Grant are invited to listen to testimonials and expert advice at the upcoming online (Zoom) event co-organized by the Young Academy of Europe and the AE Budapest Knowldege Hub. AE Budapest Knowledge Hub’s Academic Director László Lovász MAE, who is also a Member of the ERC’s Scientific Council, will join the event to take questions from the audience.

The Young Academy of Europe (YAE), in collaboration with Academia Europea (AE) Budapest Knowledge Hub, continues the event series focusing on increasing the number of European Research Council’s (ERC) Starting Grant (StG) applications from EU13 and associated countries.

The first two events, held in September 2020 and November 2021, focused on the overall introduction of the grant scheme and evaluation procedures. The third event will be held on the 31st of May 2023, focusing on the narrative CV format and its potential effects on the evaluation procedures.”

The event will start with an information session for potential applicants given by an ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) representative. Next, Sean Sapcariu from the Luxembourg National Research Fund will introduce narrative CVs and describe their goals and potential effectiveness in the ERC StG applications. Last, the testimonial from YAE activities chair Serim Ilday on how she utilised a narrative CV in her successful ERC StG application will follow. The event will end with a Q&A session where attendees are encouraged to ask questions to the speakers and László Lovász, the academic director of the AE Budapest Knowledge Hub and member of the ERC Scientific Council

You can find more information about the program and registration on our website. If you are interested in attending, please register on Eventbrite.


15:00-15:05 Opening – Moniek Tromp (YAE Chair)

15:05-15:25 The European Research Council: Funding opportunities and application and evaluation process (ERCEA)

15:25-15:40 Insights into narrative CVs – Sean Sapcariu (Luxembourg National Research Fund)

15:40-15:50 Positive experience with narrative CV for ERC StG application – Serim Ilday (Bilkent University, Turkey & Bochum University, Germany)

15:55-16:15 Q & A

16:15-16:20 Closing remarks – László Lovász MAE (AE Budapest Knowledge Hub President, ERC Scientific Council)

Moderator: Katalin Solymosi (YAE vice-chair, AE Budapest Knowledge Hub co-chair of the Danube Region Thematic Mission)

Information on the previous events and their video recordings is available below and on the YAE website.

The 1st YAE ERC-StG event: #

In 2020, YAE organised a well-attended virtual ERC-StG mentoring event focused on providing guidance and support to applicants from under-represented countries. The event included an interactive session, where the attendees were divided into domain-specific break-out rooms (for SH, PE, LS) for specific grant-writing tips from ERC grantees.The recordings from these sessions are available on our website.

The 2nd YAE ERC-StG event:#

In 2021, YAE and AE Budapest Knowledge Hub hosted the second event with a focus on describing how evaluation panels work and what they look for in shortlisting a proposal. Similar to the first event, domain-specific break-out rooms (for SH, PE, LS) were utilised. In addition, a plenary presentation was held discussing typical roadblocks and weaknesses of the applications from EU15 countries based on ERC evaluation reports. A document containing general advice for ERC grant writing provided by an anonymous reviewer is also published on our homepage.


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