European Research Council to hold webinars for African researchers on research funding

The European Research Council (ERC) will hold two webinars (one in English and one in French) with the EU Delegation to the African Union on 16 March for researchers in Africa who are interested in applying for a grant. The webinars will explain the different ERC funding opportunities available, how applications are evaluated and provide some tips on how to apply.

ERC grants are awarded to starting and established researchers, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The ERC also offers Synergy Grants where one researcher can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the EU.

The webinars will include representatives from the African Union Commission and African Academy of Sciences, and participants will learn first-hand from ERC grantees about their experience applying for grants and their best advice to applicants.

Speakers include Prof Catherine Ngila the acting Executive Director of AAS, Prof Jennifer Robinson, a Professor of Human Geography at University College London and also an ERC grantee, also among the speakers is Piero VENTURI, Research and Innovation Counsellor, EU Delegation to the African Union among others.

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 recognized scientists (ERC Advanced Grants). You can click here to see open funding calls by ERC.

To register for the March 16th Webinar click here

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Article by Caroline Nyokabi