ERC Synergy Grants workshop 15 June

ERC Synergy Grants workshop 15 June

Research Services invites Lund University researchers who are planning to apply for an ERC Synergy Grant in call 2018 to a workshop.

When: Thursday 15 June, at 9.00-12.00.

Where: Ed:222.1, Eden, Paradisgatan 5H, Lund.

The workshop is run by Yellow Research, a consultancy firm with extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC Grants. We have also invited a reviewer of SyG proposals who will provide advice based on his experiences from call 2012-2013.

The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with a good understanding of the evaluation criteria and how to analyze them, and how to write a high-risk/high-gain, novel research proposal considering the specific collaborative requirements of the SyG. The consultant will also provide feedback based on material submitted by the participants.

All workshop participants are expected to submit a short project description before the workshop so that the consultant can tailor the workshop accordingly. Please provide a short project synopsis (2 pages), CV and track record (2 pages) and description of partners, added value of the group and ideas for novel working arrangements (2 pages). Send the material as a file named: Surname_name_ERCSyG_Lund to by 7 June.


Register for the workshop and individual consultation via this link by 30 May.

The workshop will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge. Limited number of places.



ERC Synergy Grants

Synergy Grants were introduced as a pilot in 2012-2013 and will reappear in the ERC Work Programme 2018. Expected deadline for the first SyG call is November 2017.

Brief preliminary information on the SyG:

  • Large-scale projects that promote substantial advances in the frontier of knowledge
  • 2 – 4 Principal Investigators (PIs), and, as necessary, their teams
  • Scientific excellence as the sole criterion to assess and select proposals
  • No specific eligibility criteria are foreseen for PIs applying for the ERC SyG, but only exceptional proposals are likely to be funded
  • Funding: Maximum €11 million for a period up to 6 years
  • Projects should demonstrate synergies, complementarities and added value that could lead to breakthroughs that would not be possible by the individual PIs working alone.
  • Synergy Groups are not required to be co-located but the PIs will have to demonstrate their commitment to the group project
  • Three-step peer review evaluation, including interview in Brussels
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