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My winning proposal: Reality check needed for ERC success


A “cold, hard look at yourself” is necessary before a Consolidator Grant bid, advises winner

Top tips

  • Time your application carefully, taking into account your likely rating on the European Research Council’s scale.
  • Advice from academic peers can be just as valuable, if not more, than that from consultants.
  • Always keep in mind the ERC’s requirement for ground-breaking, excellent research.
  • Apply only with something you are passionate about.

Among the most prestigious mid-career grants in Europe, the European Research Council’s Consolidator Grants are for researchers of any nationality with between seven to 12 years’ experience since completing their PhD.

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