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Life as a grants adviser


Why the strategic, non-scientific elements of an ERC bid require careful consideration

Many researchers will apply for a European Research Council grant at some point in their career, hoping to win not only the funding but also the prestige that comes with an ERC award.

It can feel hugely frustrating to be knocked back when the underlying science is water-tight. But, as Arina Shadrikova, an adviser in the office for research and innovation at the University of Oslo, well knows, it’s not all about the science.

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