Tag Archives: ERC

New Deadline iCalendar for Horizon 2020

A new iCalendar has been produced by the European Commission, providing up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 deadlines for the next two years.

The iCalendar, which can be accessed through the Participant Portal will be kept up-to-date centrally by the EC and can also be downloaded to be used with Microsoft Outlook.

To access the iCalendar, you simply need to click on the calendar icons located next to ‘Calls’ and ‘Call Updates’ on the left hand side of the Participant Portal’s ‘Funding Opportunities’ page.

Source: UKRO

UKRO to Visit Lincoln on the 25th February

The University of Lincoln’s UK Research Office European Advisor, Edward Heelas, will be visiting the university on Tuesday 25th February. The agenda for the day has now been finalised and is as follows: 

Time Session
9:00-10:30 Horizon 2020 Overview
10:30-11 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30pm Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (NCP:UKRO*)
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm European Research Council (NCP:UKRO*)

The UK Research Office (http://www.ukro.ac.uk/Pages/UKRO.aspx) is the Europe-based office of RCUK, providing information and advice on European Union funding for research and higher education. In addition to supporting UK universities with the new Horizon 2020 funding programme, UKRO are also the UK National Contact Point for the prestigious European Research Council funding grants and the Marie Curie schemes within Horizon 2020.

All will take place in Think Tank in the Orange Room. Attendance is open to all University of Lincoln Academic and Support staff. If you would like to attend any or all of the above please email research@lincoln.ac.uk with details of what which sessions.

ERC – Starting Grants – Information and Proposal Writing Events


In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, the UK Research Office, in partnership with the hosting institutions, is holding three information and proposal writing events for researchers who are interested in applying for the 2014 ERC Starting Grants call.

Each session will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the Starting Grant scheme. Participants should gain a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues relating to planning, writing and costing a proposal. The sessions are aimed at researchers based in, or moving to, the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to the Starting Grants call. Attendance at these events will be free of charge, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To be eligible for the 2014 Starting Grant call, the applicant Principal Investigator must have been awarded their PhD between 2 and 7 years prior to the publication date of the call (11 December 2013). This is extendable up to 11.5 years in certain cases. The call deadline is very likely to be on 25 March 2014.

The sessions will be held as follows:

  • University of Birmingham, Friday 10 January 2014 - The session will start at 11:00 (with registration from 10:30) and close at 15.00
  • University of Edinburgh, Tuesday 14 January 2014 -  The session will start at 11:00 (with registration from 10:30) and close at 15.00
  • Natural History Museum, London, Wednesday 15 January 2014 - The session will start at 11:00 (with registration from 10:30) and close at 15.00

Further information about the events and the venues will be communicated to delegates once registered.

Further information
Events registration page:


Update on Future ERC Calls for Proposals (2014)

ERCAs you know the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) will finish at the end of this year and the main European Research Council (ERC) calls for proposals under FP7 are already closed. The next ERC calls will be made under the future programme, Horizon 2020, that will take over from FP7 for 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 is still under negotiation however the ERC has issued a preliminary schedule for 2014 – as with previous transitions from one framework programme to another this is likely to differ so should be taken on a purely indicative basis only:

  • Publication of the provisional schedule for the new calls (ERC Work Programme 2014), late in 2013;
  • Opening and submission deadlines of new ERC calls throughout 2014:
    - Opening and submission deadline for Starting grants; first and second quarter of 2014
    - Opening and submission deadline for Consolidator grants; second quarter of 2014
    - Opening and submission deadline for Advanced grants; fourth quarter of 2014
  • No further calls for Synergy grants in 2013 and 2014;
  • Normal schedule for Proof of Concept grants (one call with two deadlines in 2014). Although no final decision has yet been taken by the EU, the ERC Scientific Council provides, without any commitment, this provisional information for the convenience of the scientific community.

No further information is available at this stage on the calendar, budget or rules of the next calls, however updates will be released on the ERC website and the Participant Portal.


Research beyond borders: Use UKRO to boost your European funding record!

Today’s post comes from a guest-blogger, Inga Benner of the UK Research Office in Brussels, who has some helpful advice on how to make the most of their services. Thanks Inga!

“The UK Research Office is the European office of the UK Research Councils in Brussels and the team offers a range of useful services to researchers and research administrators in UK universities and other research institutions who subscribe to UKRO. UKRO’s team is based in Brussels and its mission is to promote effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities. Subscribing institution has a dedicated UKRO European Advisor who can be contacted with queries on a wide range of issues including European funding streams, research policy and advice on European project implementation. The office also monitors relevant policy developments on an EU level, including those of interest to the arts and humanities research community.

The UKRO Portal is a useful tool to ensure that you stay up to date with European funding, especially through the UKRO Portal News. Entering the subscriber pages and signing up to the Portal News is free of charge for researchers and administrators in subscribing institutions. Via the Portal News, UKRO disseminates information on calls for proposals and deadlines, background information on the development of new programmes, including the next EU funding programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, but also on other EU streams such as the Creative Europe programme or Erasmus for All. To give an example of how you could benefit from receiving UKRO News, the team is currently providing regular advice and updates on the upcoming deadlines for the Marie Cure Individual Fellowship calls, the last set of deadlines under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. UKRO also keeps an eye out for relevant European networking events and informs researchers of opportunities for feeding into programme development, for example through providing input to European Commission consultations.

Even if your institution is not an UKRO subscriber you might still be able to benefit from UKRO, as the office runs the national contact points for the UK for the Marie Curie Actions and the European Research Council. The national contact points offer a general query service on the two funding schemes, a website and runs regular event in advance of major deadlines for calls for proposals. In addition, UKRO publishes European RTD Insight, a publication on developments in EU research and policy funded by the British Council.”

· To find out whether your institution is an UKRO subscriber go to http://www.ukro.ac.uk/aboutukro/Pages/subscribers.aspx

· Signing up to the UKRO Portal is easy and quick, and once an account is created it can be personalised and tailored to your specific areas of interest. To sign up, go to http://www.ukro.ac.uk or follow the guidance provided in this flyer: http://www.ukro.ac.uk/Documents/120828_ukro_portal_brief_guide_subscribers.pdf

Source: Research beyond borders