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European Research Roadshow - Horizon 2020

November 22, 2019

Horizon event

Research Opportunities in Europe
Information Session on grants and fellowships for researchers of all nationalities and research fields

Europe has a vibrant and exiting science and technology culture and offers many excellent and generous career funding opportunities for researchers and innovators, no matter where they come from in the world.  Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation funding program, is the world’s largest multinational R&I program. In addition to funding collaborative research projects, it offers opportunities to individual researchers.  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and European Research Council grants are open to researchers from public and private organizations, who would like to spend time in Europe, regardless of their nationalities, careers stage, or field of research.  Experts will present these opportunities and guide the audience through the options and practicalities of application. 

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Location: Memorial Union, Yuma 225


9:00 - 9:20 am       Networking - coffee and cookies/pastries
9:20 - 9:30 am       Intro to the EU research landscape and to Horizon 2020
9:30 - 10:00 am     Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, and how to apply for them
10:00 - 10:30 am   European Research Council research grants, and how to apply for them
10:30 - 11:30 am   Q/A session followed by possible lunch


The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.  The grants enable research-focused European organisations (universities, research centers, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.  MSCA also offers opportunities for EU researchers to go abroad (eg to the USA).  Under the EU research programme "Horizon 2020", the MSCA has a budget of over €6 billion for the period 2014-2020.
The opportunities the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions offer to researchers will be introduced.  This session will guide the audience through the ways of participating including (i) by applying for an individual fellowship, or (ii) by applying directly to a vacancy in a project.

The European Research Council (ERC) awards long-term grants (up to 5 years) to individual researchers from anywhere in the world, who wish to carry out their research projects in a host organisation based in Europe.   Excellence is the sole evaluation criteria.  Under the EU research programme "Horizon 2020", the ERC has a budget of over €13 billion for the period 2014-2020.  The ERC supports the best and most creative scientists to identify and explore new opportunities and   directions in any field of research.  It particularly encourages proposals which cross disciplinary boundaries; address new and emerging fields; and introduce unconventional and innovative approaches.
The session will present the funding opportunities offered by the ERC, to establish research groups in a university or research center in Europe. ERC grants are attributed via annual competitions to researchers of any nationality, scientific area or age, from young post-docs to well established scientists.

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