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Grants In Practice 2019



Grants in Practice 2019

11 June: European Research Council grants

12 June: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships

Venue: EU Delegation, Tokyo ACCESS

Presentation files now available: 

European Research Council grants:

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships:


What is this event?

Here, students, researchers and research administrators can learn directly from experts and current grantees or alumni:

  • What types of grants there are and when are the calls?
  • What kind of documents and skills are needed for application?
  • How can researchers and institutions benefit?
  • How does the evaluation process work?
  • How to write a good proposal?
  • How to optimise your proposal, how to find hosts, and how things work once you get the grant!


Which grants?

This event will focus on two grants: the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF) and European Research Council (ERC) grants. These are both grants for individual researchers 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).


Event features

The event's main feature is a double seminar and interactive workshop, each proposing over a full day, a comprehensive training for researchers willing to prepare a proposal for either MSCA IF or ERC grants.

Grantees and alumni will also provide experience feedback and support the discussions and the different workshops with their know-how.


Where and When?

This year, we propose two full days of training:

  • 11 June, EU Delegation Tokyo: ERC training
  • 12 June, EU Delegation Tokyo: MSCA IF training


Attend, and you're sure to improve your grant proposal writing skills!




Host & Co-organiser:


Partner event:

Scientific Communication In Practice 2019, 13 June ELSI
More info:





About the MSCA IF grant

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF) aim at supporting the international mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.

IF is for experienced researchers of any nationality, i.e. researchers holding a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline; in any discipline (no age limit).

Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation.

There is a yearly call for applications which opened on 12 April and will close on 12 September 2018.

Further materials about MSCA IF:

Grant details, Tips & tricks for application, Interviews of grantees on EURAXESS website

Official MSCA website



About the ERC grants

The European Research Council (ERC) is a funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by funding the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, and supporting their innovative ideas. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake will be carried out in an EU Member State or Associated Country. ERC grants are becoming more and more internationally recognised as awards for scientific excellence.

Research projects funded by the ERC can last up to five years and can cover frontier research in any scientific domain, including social sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary studies. The grants may help both emerging research leaders ('ERC Starting Grants' and 'ERC Consolidator Grants') and already well-established and recognised scientists ('ERC Advanced Grants'). Find out more about the different ERC grants.

If you are moving to Europe from a third country, you can apply for additional funding, which can total up to €2 million for a Starting Grant (instead of €1.5 million for those already established in Europe), €2.75 million for a Consolidator Grant (instead of €2 million) and €3.5 million for an Advanced Grant (instead of €2.5 million).

There are three calls per year according to each category. In 2018, the call deadlines are: October (yet TBA, Starting Grants); 9 February (Consolidator Grants); 31 August (Advanced Grants).

Further materials on ERC grants:

Grants details, Possibilities from Japan, Tips & tricks for application, Interviews of grantees on EURAXESS website

Official ERC website






MSCA IF Trainer:

Jesus Rojo Gonzalez, NCP for MSCA, Spain

Jesús Rojo González holds a degree in Geography and Urban Planning, Master in Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing, a Postgraduate Degree in European Initiatives and Programmes and Master in Intellectual Property, Competition and New Technologies. He has extensive experience in managing R&D projects and programmes, particularly in European and International projects. He is currently the head of unit for Technology Transfer and European Programmes at Fundación madri+d.


Since 1998 he has developed his professional activity in several European countries related to the implementation and management of international projects in Environment and Space Sciences. In June 2007 joined the Fundación madri+d developing several activities from European Project Manager, EU training in programmes or the EURAXESS Service Centre in the Region of Madrid.

In December 2013 he was appointed National Contact Point for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 Actions, advising and informing universities, research centres, companies and individual researchers about the programme, as well as organising information days, workshops and proposal reviews.

Since 2015 he coordinates the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) madri+d in the Community of Madrid, a European project that supports the internationalisation of SMEs and institutions in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation.

LinkedIn profile



Alumni & facilitators:

Grantees and alumni from ERC and MSCA IF, but also researchers with experience in writing the grants will participate in the event with short feedback on their experience, and as facilitators to the interactive sessions.


Our experiences with the MSCA IF grant:

Edoardo Gerlini

MSCA IF  fellow (Global Fellowships), project WHEREAL, June 2018 - May 2021

Visiting scholar, Faculty of Letters Arts and Sciences, Waseda University  / MSCA research fellow, Department of Asian and African Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice





Our experiences with the ERC grant:

Takuro Yamashita

ERC Starting Grant ROBUST (2016-2021)

Professor in Toulouse School of Economics, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole

(video conference from Shimane pref.)









Registration desk opens 15 minutes before programme starts. Please come early!

 11 June (ERC training)


Welcome address
Francesco Fini, Minister, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Japan


Opening session: EU-Japan open programmes & reciprocity

Tom Kuczynski, Science and Technology Advisor, Science, Innovation, Digital, and Other EU Policies Section, EU Delegation to Japan

- An overview of Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme

Ryuta Mizuuchi, Director for Global Strategic Issues, Department of International Affairs, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

- Introduction of JST's programmes for open collaboration/mobility

Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Head, Overseas Fellowship Division, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

- Introduction of JSPS' programmes for open collaboration/mobility

11:00Coffee break


Introduction to ERC grants

Matthieu Py (EURAXESS Japan)

- Basic principles of the ERC

- Who can apply

- Funding schemes and deadlines

12:30Lunch break


ERC application process

Matthieu Py

- Details on different parts of the proposal

- How to convince reviewers

- Includes exercise on proposal writing

15:00Coffee break


ERC evaluation criteria and evaluation process

Matthieu Py and experienced researchers (see 'trainers & facilitators' tab)

- Evaluation criteria for ERC proposals

- Structure of evaluation panels, role of internal and external reviewers

- Includes exercise on reviewing abstracts and/or exercise on interview (2nd stage)



ERC administrative and financial questions

Matthieu Py

- Which costs can be covered by the grant

- How to set up a team

- What needs to be clarified with the host institution

18:05Networking reception opening remarks:
Patricia Flor, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan


 12 June (MSCA IF training)





Welcome address

Introduction to Horizon 2020 | EU Delegation Japan

About the National Contact Points | NCP Japan



Introduction to MSCA IF

General introduction to MSCA (15 min) | Tom Kuczynski, EU Delegation Japan

NCPs and Net4mobility+ support (10 min) | Jesus Rojo Gonzales, MSCA NCP and Head of Unit - Technology Transfer and European Programmess, Knowledge Foundation madri+d

Explanation of MSCA IF 2018 Call + FAQ (60 min) | Jesus Rojo Gonzales

11:30Coffee break


How to successfully participate in MSCA IF

Specifics for Japan (10 min) | EURAXESS Japan

Experience of MSCA Fellows (25 min) | Alumni and Fellows (see 'trainers & facilitators' tab)

Evaluation system and criteria in MSCA (40 min) | Jesus Rojo Gonzales

13:00Networking lunch


IF Proposal Writing Training (I) - Interactive session

How to get the Abstract + Excellence Section right (35 min) | Jesus Rojo Gonzales

Dissemination and Communication activities (40 min) | Jesus Rojo Gonzales

16:30Coffee break


IF Proposal Writing Training (II) -Interactive session

Implementation section: Understanding the Management Structures and Work Plan (50 min) | Jesus Rojo Gonzales

Take home messages and wrap up (25 min) | Jesus Rojo Gonzales