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Research Opportunities in Europe - Horizon 2020

Teresa Elegido Vanrespaille
October 11, 2019

Research Opportunities in Europe - Horizon 2020

Information Session on grants and fellowships  for researchers of all nationalities and research fields 

WHEN: Friday, November 22, 2019              

9:00am –1:00pm 

WHERE: Memorial Union, Mohave Room 236     (formerly in Yuma)          

301 E Orange St.Tempe, AZ 85281 

Register HERE   

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.  Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters and the Euraxess Network will also be presented. 

  • 09:00am – 09:15am: Networking – coffee and cookies/pastries
  • 09:15am – 09:30am: Introduction to the EU research landscape and to Horizon 2020 - Dr. Mary Kavanagh, Minister-Counselor for Research & Innovation, Delegation of the EU to the USA
  • 09:30am – 10:00am Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, and how to apply for them – Klaus Haupt, Head of Unit, Research Executive Agency, European Commission.  
  • 10:00am – 10:30am European Research Council research grants, and how to apply for them - Dr. Jose Labastida, Head of the Scientific Management Department, European Research Council
  • 10:30am – 10:50am Erasmus Mundus International Joint Master Degrees and how to apply for them - Klaus Haupt,  Head of Sector, Research Executive Agency, European Commission.
  • 10:50am – 11:10am Euraxess - Researchers in Motion initiative - Viktoria Bodnarova, Regional Representative, EURAXESS North America
  • 11:10am – 12:00pm Q/A session  
  • 12:00pm – 01:00pm Networking – Light 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.

EURAXESS is a unique initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services for European and nonEuropean researchers wishing to pursue research careers in Europe. It offers access to the job market; assists researchers in advancing their careers in another European country and supports research organisations in their search for outstanding research talent. 

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.  

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) and, where relevant, other partners with specific expertise and interest in the study programme. 


  • Mary Kavanagh - Minister-Counselor for Research and Innovation at the European Union's Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC. Her role involves raising awareness of opportunities for EU-US cooperation and exchange in research and innovation and facilitating that cooperation at both government agency and stakeholder levels. Mary has a PhD in Plant Science from University College Cork, Ireland and carried out post-doctoral research in France and Switzerland before swapping the laboratory for science policy. 
  • Jose Labastida - Head of the Scientific Management Department of the European Research Council (ERC). His role involves mainly the supervision of the evaluation of the scientific proposals submitted to the ERC as well as the scientific monitoring of the funded ones. Before joining the ERC he was Secretary General for Science and Technology Policy and Director General for Research of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain. Formerly, he was a Researcher and Professor of Theoretical Physics occupying positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, CERN, CSIC and the University of Santiago de Compostela. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University. 
  • Klaus Haupt – Head of Unit for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) at the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency. His role is to organise large-scale evaluation procedures for proposals submitted in reply to MSCA calls for proposals and to monitor funded research and mobility projects. Klaus has been working for more than 15 years on programmes promoting higher education cooperation between the European Union and various parts of the world including the neighbourhood and enlargement countries, Asia, Africa and industrialised countries. 
  • Viktoria Bodnarova - Regional Representative for EURAXESS North America, responsible for Canada and the US. Her main role is to inform the community of researchers of all scientific domains and nationalities based in North America about funding and career opportunities in the European Research Area (European, national or regional funding opportunities.