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ERC Grants: How to Prepare a Successful Proposal



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On 12 October at 16:00 Beijing time, EURAXESS China and the European Research Council (ERC) will jointly hold a webinar on ERC grants and how to prepare a successful proposal. It will be a great opportunity for researchers at any career stage to learn more about the ERC grants and get inspiration and advice to prepare a successful application.

We will have the pleasure to host Dr Wei CAO, an ERC grantee, who will talk about his path as a researcher and share his experience applying for an ERC grant.

We will continue by listening to Caroline Angeli, who is the head of the Aquitaine European Affairs Office for the French National Centre for Research - a European host institution for ERC grantee - who will give an overview of the kind of services and support they provide to interested applicants moving from outside Europe.

Our last speaker will be Dominik Maas, from the National Contact Point for the ERC in Germany, who will explain the role of ERC NCPs and the activities they regularly organise to help researchers apply for ERC funding. 

The webinar will conclude with a question-and-answer session where attendees will be invited to ask their questions and share their doubts.


The ERC grants are open to researchers of any nationality and offer different funding opportunities open to early career to well established researchers. To familiarise with the ERC grants, watch the ERC explainer videos available online at YouTube or on EURAXESS China’s YouKu page.


Date & Duration
- (4 - 5pm)
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16:00 – 16:05

Introduction by Anna Facchinetti

16:05 – 16:20

The experience of an ERC grantee, Dr Wei Cao

16:20 – 16:30

The services offered by European host institution, Caroline Angeli

16:30 – 16:35

The role of ERC National Contact Points

16:35 – 17:00

Questions & answers




Wei Cao is a Chinese citizen, working as a full professor at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received his doctor rerum naturalium in 2010 from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, on probations of atomic inner-shell processes. His postdoctoral period at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, was dedicated to applying spectroscopic methods to study electronic structures of semiconductors. He moved to Oulu in 2012. Since then, he has been devoted to mechanistic studies of materials formations and functionalities. He is the founder and leader of the Functional Materials research group in the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit at the University of Oulu. Currently, Dr Cao is working on materials physics with emphasis on metal alloys, biomimicry, and especially photocatalysis. As an experimentalist, his biggest excitements in research always come from experimental verifications of hypothesis and understandings of physical mechanisms beyond materials performances.



Caroline Angeli is the head of the Aquitaine European Affairs Office for the French National Centre for Research (CNRS). Since 2002, she has collaborated with researchers throughout the entire life cycle of European projects, pre- to post-award. More specifically, she helps researchers with their ERC application since the creation of the ERC grants in 2007.

She holds degrees in Microbiology and Management. She strongly advocates for the importance of mutual collaboration and reciprocity between support and research staff for the advancement of research excellence.



Dominik Maas received a degree in European Studies, an interdisciplinary Master program that includes political science, law, and economics, from the University of Wuppertal (Germany) in 2013. After an internship at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union in Brussels and a short time as project assistant at the German Federal Office of Administration in Cologne, in 2015 he joined KoWi (the EU Liaison office of the German Research Organisations), where he has been in charge of issues concerning the European Research Council (ERC). KoWi is the joint service platform of the major German science organisations. Together with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), KoWi also has the role of the National Contact Point (NCP) for the ERC in Germany. Therefore, Dominik Maas is also a member of the German NCP ERC team.



Anna Facchinetti is Country Coordinator of EURAXESS China since January 2020. She had worked as Executive Director and earlier as Programme Manager for the Galileo Galilei Italian Institute in Chongqing since 2015, developing collaborations between Chinese and Italian research institutions, focusing primarily on Science, Technology and Innovation.

Previously, she was junior researcher the European Institute for Asian Studies, a Brussels-based think tank that develops political research on EU-Asia issues, where she built an expertise of Sino-European relations.

She holds a Masters in Chinese studies from the University of Zhejiang, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Turin and a BA in East Asia Cultures and Languages from the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice.