ERC Applications for Starters & Consolidators: Tips & Tricks

ERC Applications for Starters & Consolidators: Tips & Tricks

grant writing

Ghent, Locus Building

Start date:

04 June 2021


General context

This training provides unique ‘hands-on’ exercises on how to understand and deal with ERC terminology s.a. high risk/high gain – feasibility and proof of concept. The training is based on ‘real’ VIB ERC applications and will allow the participants to get the ‘reviewers insight’ finding strengths and weaknesses based on the ERC evaluation criteria. In addition, the basics of a strong abstract, the key steps in writing proposals including SWOT analysis and mitigation plans will be practiced. Finally, we address the importance of the cv and track record and how to ‘pimp’ your cv to an ERC level. We will look at track records of successful VIB ERC StG and ERC CoG winners to identify the strengths and weaknesses in our own CV.


To provide researchers with a good understanding of:

  • the ERC evaluation criteria and how to the reviewers use them
  • what an excellent PI is according to the reviewers of the different panels
  • how to write build a strong research question and how to write a high-risk/high-gain research proposal considering panel specifics and type of project.
  • How to build your CV.

We expect that this training will give you the insights to write a highly competitive grant proposal that meets the ERC standards and brings you closer to achieving your goals.


The training is highly interactive and provides all practical information on how to translate your research idea into an ERC application. You will get access to several eye-opening examples of how to improve your own proposal.

During the course, you will get feedback on your CV and a short abstract, which we will ask you to submit prior to the course. Also, discussion between participants is stimulated to exchange views.

Event intended for

Senior postdocs and group leaders at VIB who are looking to start or consolidate an independent research team and are planning to write an ERC starting or consolidator grant application.

Extra information
  • This training is free for VIB participants.
  • Registration fee for non-VIB participants is € 50.
  • The course is not open for industry.
  • Note that upon no show without valid justification you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information.


Lieve Ongena
Senior Science Policy and Grants Manager at VIB
Elien Vandermarliere
International Grant Officer at VIB

Practical info

Location & Venue

04 June 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus

Technologiepark 75
9052 Zwijnaarde

Public transport

04 June 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus
Public transport


At Gent St Pieters station you can take the following city buses: Buses 70, 71 and 72 ("Tramstraat"). You get off at the stop marked "Bollebergen" (on the Grote Steenweg Noord). The Technology Park is straight in front of you on the other side of the soft verge. Walk into the park to the roundabout and then straight on. The UGent-VIB research building is the first building on the left.

There is also a shuttle bus between Gent-Sint-Pieters and Technologiepark, more information can be found here.

Route description

04 June 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus

Route description

There is free parking available in front of the building.

Venue contact

04 June 2021

UGent-VIB Research Building Locus
Extra information

Room L4