EURAXESS Training – MSCA and ERC proposal writing, Belo Horizonte (5&6/08)

    05/08/2019 - 08:30
    Brazil, Belo Horizonte
    06/08/2019 - 13:00
    EURAXESS Brazil

EURAXESS Brazil, in cooperation with the European project ENRICH in Brazil is offering 1,5 day training in Minas Gerais on EU funding and tools for mobility, focusing on the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Research Council (ERC).

The event will be held in Belo Horizonte on 5 and 6 August 2019 and is hosted by FAPEMIG/CONFAP.


Please, note that additional trainings on the ERC will be offered by ENRICH in

These 2 events will be hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) at their premises in the capitals, with the support of EURAXESS Brazil.

Target groups

This training is for:

  • researchers, with a PhD - ongoing or completed - in all areas of knowledge and from all institutions

  • research administrators from higher education and research institutions.

Which grants?

This event will focus on two type of grants: the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) and European Research Council (ERC) grants.

The two main EU programmes for researcher mobility and training support scientists wishing to spend several years in Europe either in a research team that already exists (MSCA IF) or by creating their own research group (ERC). Funding opportunities to run ambitious projects with researchers based in Europe (ERC Synergy grants) will also be presented, as well as funding to undertake research and innovation projects with European and international partners (MSCA RISE).

Content of the training

The first day (5 August) will be dedicated to the ERC and EURAXESS. It aims at introducing the European Research Council (ERC) funding options and explaining how and why to apply for the grants. It will be complemented by a report of a successful applicant. Valuable information about the evaluation criteria and process will be provided. The theoretical information will be supplemented by practical exercises.

The ERC funds ambitious researchers and their groundbreaking research ideas and is part of Horizon 2020. The ERC is for excellent researchers looking to set up their own team in Europe or to collaborate closely with a small group of Europe-based teams!

A detailed presentation of EURAXESS will show you how to get the most out of the European portal to boost your research career in Europe.

The second day (morning of 6 August), the 4 main Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions will be presented. During the interactive session, a comprehensive training will be provided tor researchers willing to prepare a proposal for either MSCA IF or MSCA RISE.

Flyer treinamento BH 2019

In practice

The training will be given in English (ERC) and Portuguese (MSCA and EURAXESS).
Free event, limited seats.
Registration is mandatory at http://bit.ly/registerEURAXESSTraining2019BH. Participation is subject to confirmation by the organizers.

EURAXESS Training – MSCA and ERC proposal writing (Belo Horizonte)

Date: 5&6 August 2019, 8:30-17:00, 8:30-13:00
Location: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do estado de Minas Gerais, FAPEMIG
Av. José Cândido da Silveira, 1500 - Horto Florestal, Belo Horizonte - MG



Dates: 30 July 2019, 8:30-17:00 (SP) & 1 August 2019, 8:30-17:00 (RJ)
Locations: Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro
More about the events and registration for SP and RJ here.



About the ERC Trainer

Ylva Huber is a geneticist by training and joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG, Division of European and International Programmes) in 2004. She acts as National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Research Council (ERC) since 2011 and coordinates FFG's contribution to the EURAXESS initiative.

About the ERC

The European Research Council (ERC) is a funding agency for investigator-driven frontier research established by the European Commission in 2007. Aiming at fundamental advances at and beyond the “frontier“ of knowledge, the ERC seeks to encourage the highest quality research through competitive funding by supporting research bottom-up across all fields on the basis of scientific excellence.

The ERC is open to researchers of all nationalities who are interested in conducting research in Europe.

It funds young, early-career top researchers ('ERC Starting grants'), already independent excellent scientists ('ERC Consolidator Grants'), and senior research leaders ('ERC Advanced Grants').

Furthermore, since recently an ERC Principal Investigator may be hosted by an institution outside of Europe if he/she is supported by an ERC Synergy Grants,. Those generous grants support groups of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. One Principal Investigator per Synergy Grant group at any one time can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the EU or Associated Countries, such as Brazil or any other LAC country..

More: https://erc.europa.eu/. For more info in PORTUGUESE, click here.

Examples of Brazilian researchers funded by the ERC: http://bit.ly/LACandtheERC

About the MSCA trainer

Elisa Natola is Political scientist and advisor for International Cooperation between European Union & Brazil at CONFAP. Elisa is the Brazilian National Contact Point for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and manages cooperation activities between CONFAP and the EU (H2020, ERC Implementing Arrangement, INCOBRA and ENRICH Brazil; cooperation activities and projects with the Water Joint Programming Initiative – Water JPI), and bilateral cooperation activities with Italy (CONFAP-MCI), focussed on mobility.

Specialised in EU-Brazil RTD-I cooperation, has worked for the European Commission - European External Action Service, Delegation of the European Union in Brazil, RTD-I Sector and for numerous Governmental Institutions, Research Institutions, Funding Agencies and Innovation environments in Brazil, in Europe and in the Mediterranean.

Elisa has a sound experience in technical assistance, coaching, training and capacity building and for widening participation within European funding programmes.

About the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA):

For more information about MSCA, read EURAXESS Brazil Guide on MSCA for Brazilian researchers and institutions here : http://bit.ly/FocusMSCA and look at MSCA website here.

More about MSCA Individual fellowship IF call 2019 that is currently open: http://bit.ly/MSCAIF2019

About Horizon 2020:

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money attracts. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Find out more about H2020 here.









Agenda - 5 August 2019 - ERC


8:30 - Registration

9:00 - Welcome Address

9:15 - 9:45 - Introduction to Horizon 2020 & the network of National Contact Points (NCP)

9.45 - 10.30 - ERC in a nutshell: Funding principles, evaluation process & 2019/2020 calls, including the ERC Synergy Grant Call*

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee break

11.00 - 12:00 - Sharing experiences: Tips by Roberto Rinaldi, Brazilian ERC Grantee (video contribution) & ERC panel member (N.N.)

12.00 - 13.00 - Lunch break

13.00 - 13:45 - Writing the proposal: Structure and some lessons learnt

13:45 - 15.15 - Wearing an evaluator’s hat: Practical Exercise part I

15:15 - 15:45 - Break

15:45 - 16.15 - Practical exercise part II - Discussion of findings and wrap up

16:15 - 16:45 - EURAXESS – Support to mobile researchers

  • one of up to four ERC Principal investigators within a Synergy group can be hosted outside of Europe

Agenda - 6 August 2019 - MSCA


8:30 - Registration

9:00 - 10:00 – MSCA in a nutshell: Funding principles, evaluation process & 2019/2020 calls

10.00 - 11:00 – Sharing experiences: Tips by a Brazilian MSCA Grantee & MSCA evaluator (N.N.)

11:00 - 11:20 – Coffee break

11.20 - 12.45 – MSCA IF and RISE: Writing the proposal: Structure and some lessons learnt

12.45 - 13.00 – Wrap up and closing