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Training Course “European Research Council (ERC): How to design a successful proposal” (Turin, 20-21 January 2016)

This training course will provide guidance on how to design successful proposals for all ERC Strands (Consolidator, Starting and Advanced). Particular attention will be paid to the Strand(s) participants will indicate as most relevant to them.

20 January 2016 - 21 January 2016

During the course, ERC submission forms will be analysed, practical advice will be given and where possible examples of appropriate answers to the forms’ questions, taken from ERC funded projects, will be examined: thus, by the end of the course participants will be familiar with basic project design principles and will have at their disposal materials they can easily tailor to the features of their proposal.

The following topics will be covered during the course:

• Short introduction to ERC Actions
• How to access funding opportunities: reference websites (e.g. Participant Portal) and support instruments made available by the European Commission
• Identifying calls for proposals: instruments, utilities and advice made available by the Commission
• Structure of ERC topics
• Proposal submission procedure: how the Electronic Submission Service works
• Filling in administrative forms: data required as regards the Principal Investigator; information required as regards the Host Institution(s); ethical issues; supporting documents; preparing the project budget
• Filling in the scientific-technical forms: analysis of forms, paying particular attention to: Drafting the Principal Investigator’s CV and the Early Achievements Track-record (B1 Section); Drafting B2 Section (Practical advice to draft “Objectives, State of the Art, Methodology” Section; Practical advice to draft “Resources” Section and to prepare the project budget, taking into account the recent interpretation by Legal Affairs - European Commission on the non-admissibility of some contract types among Horizon 2020 personnel costs); Drafting “Extended Synopsis” (B1 Section); Drafting the project abstract
• Ethical issues management
• Project evaluation criteria.

The course specifically addresses the needs of professionals and project managers who are involved in the design of ERC projects, both in the private and the public sector. The course can be an effective tool to help participants to successfully design projects, as well as to further develop their internal project management strategies. It can also provide a good opportunity to network and to share good practices.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD IN ITALIAN. Courses can also be offered in English on demand.

Dates: Wednesday 20th January (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Thursday 21st January (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Venue: Talent Garden Torino (Via Carlo Allioni, 3 - 10122 Torino - Website:

Course fee: € 600+VAT. The fee includes tuition, full documentation (both in printed and electronic format), course certificate, coffee breaks and lunches.

For further information, detailed agenda and registration form, please refer to our website:


Horizon 2020; European Research Council; Project Design