Applying for an European Research Council Grant (ERC): Perspectives from Grantees and Evaluators

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Tags: ERC | Grantee | Evaluator | 2020

    Brazil, and LAC, Online

EURAXESS Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the European Research Council (ERC) are organizing the second series of webinars on 17 & 19 November targeting researchers from the LAC region. ERC grantees and evaluators (ERC panel members) will share their practical tips and recommendations on how to write a successful ERC proposal. These one-hour webinars are aimed at potential applicants based outside Europe. In both webinars, speakers will engage in Q&A sessions with the audience.

These webinars complement the theoretical webinars held on September 16 for the Latin American public (https://bit.ly/ERCwebinarsforLAC2020).

  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020 at 11:00 Brazil time in Portuguese

For more information on the CONFAP-CNPq call to support short-term stays of Brazilian active researchers in ERC funded-teams, check our dedicated news at http://bit.ly/BrazilianstaysERC. Deadline to express interest: 1 February 2021.


Slides EURAXESS e ERC (1.27 MB)

Slides Mariana C. Françozo (15.58 MB)

Slides Rui Oliveira (952.01 KB)

Slides George Brown (4.62 MB)


Mariana C. Françozo

Associate Professor, Department of Archaeological Heritage and Society, Faculty of Archeology, University of Leiden, Netherlands. She studied at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), where she received a master's degree in Social Anthropology (2004) and a doctorate in Social Sciences (2009) under the guidance of Prof. Dr John M. Monteiro. Mariana is the first Brazilian woman to receive an individual ERC grant and was awarded in the Starting Grant category.

Rui Oliveira

With extensive experience in proposal evaluation, Rui is Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Dean at ISPA - University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, as well as Principal Researcher at the Integrative Behavioral Biology Laboratory of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciências, Oeiras, Portugal. With more than 200 published papers, Rui has great experience in international research, supervision and high-level scientific production networks.

George Brown

Graduated in Natural Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, and with a doctorate in Ecology at the University of Paris, he works in soil ecology, using animals as bioindicators of environmental quality, and is one of the few earthworm specialists in Brazil. He edited several books and published >100 papers in scientific journals, interacting with hundreds of professionals in Brazil and abroad. He is currently a Researcher at Embrapa Florestas and Professor of the Graduate Program in Soil Science at UFPR. George performed short mobility in an ERC team.


  • Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 9:00 (Mexico), 10:00 (Colombia), 12:00 (Argentina, Chile) in Spanish


EURAXESS & ERC Basics (4.64 MB)

Said Rodriguez - Grantee (18.89 MB)

Marlon Dumas - Evaluator (685.57 KB)


Said Rodriguez

Said Rodriguez got his PhD (Cum Laude) at TU Eindhoven. After his PhD, Said worked as a Marie-Curie individual fellow at the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies in France. In 2019, Said received an ERC Starting Grant to investigate nonlinear and optoelectronic properties of light-matter mixtures. Said has published 32 peer-reviewed articles, co-authored 4 patents, and given more than 30 invited talks at international conferences. Currently, Said’s group investigates stochastic and nonlinear phenomena in optical systems and the applications of these systems to optical sensing and computation.

Marlon Dumas

Marlon Dumas is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Tartu, Estonia. His research focuses on data-driven methods for business process management, including process mining and predictive process monitoring. He is currently a recipient of an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) with the mission of developing algorithms for automated discovery of business process improvement opportunities. He has recently acted as Panel Chair for Starting Grants (PE6 - Informatics and Computer Science) with the ERC. During his career, he has published over 200 research publications, 10 US/EU patents, and a textbook (Fundamentals of Business Process Management) used in over 250 universities worldwide.


The ERC aims to:

  • Support the best of the best researchers across all fields of science, scholarship and engineering
  • Promote wholly investigator-driven, or 'bottom-up' frontier research
  • Encourage the work of the established and next generation of independent top research leaders
  • Reward innovative proposals by placing emphasis on the quality of the idea rather than the research area
  • Raise the status and visibility of European frontier research and the very best researchers of today and tomorrow

More information can be found HERE.

Read interviews we held with LAC researchers funded by the ERC at http://bit.ly/LACandtheERC