Get ERC Grant Ready: a 7 step journey to help new applicants

The European Research Council (ERC) programme is very challenging for PhD graduates, however it provides an excellent opportunity for bringing great research ideas alive. The ERC only funds excellent scientific proposals and, therefore, it is very important to get well prepared before going through the application process. Although there is a lot of information on ERC available, you want to know where to start and how to meet the requirements. This online course will provide you with clear guidance on how to increase your chances of obtaining an ERC contract.

The course is structured in such a way that you are guided through the entire process in stages. The guidance is linked to the specific phase of the grant application.

Quick overview
  • 6 - 10 hours
  • Certificate
  • Continuous available
  • Online
  • English
€ 325,- ex VAT
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Course description

This is a basic level course, meaning that those with no knowledge of EU programmes and/or experience with preparing grant proposals under other schemes can also benefit from the course. For those with experience in applying for other grants, this course helps to understand the ERC requirements in detail and the quality level you should aim at in your application.

Upon the start of the course, you will have 6 months access in which you are expected to complete the course. Successful completion of this course will result in a recognized certificate from Elevate Health.



Learning Objectives

By the end of the Get ERC Grant Ready course, you will be able to:
• Formulate your research idea and set your ambitions for an ERC grant application.
• Decide on the grant schemes applicable to your personal situation
• Understand ERC as part of the Horizon Europe research and innovation framework programme (2021-2027)
• Understand the structure of the ERC application form and write your research proposal.
• Prepare a budget proposal, CV and track record for your research proposal.
• Understand the evaluation procedure of an ERC grant.

Course topics

In this course, we will provide guidance throughout your journey towards a successful grant application. You will be equipped with the right tools and you will prepare a personal portfolio full of ingredients you will need for writing an ERC research proposal.

The course consists of 7 sections. At each stop in your journey, you will be equipped with new tools for preparing your grant proposal. In each section, you will find texts for further reading, informative graphics, practical exercises, instruction videos and questions to trigger your thinking. You will directly apply your knowledge by making your own portfolio. This way you will be challenged to ponder upon your own personal research idea. We will trigger your thoughts and inspire you to reflect on the options. Your personal portfolio will be a tangible product you can use for future reference.


This course is made in co-creation with Intend Business Development, experts in obtaining EU contracts.

Group voucher

We offer a special voucher deal if you are interested in registering a group of participants. For more information, please contact us at

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