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This conference aims to provide a platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices between ERC grantees (PIs) and the staff of the European Research Council regarding all stages of grant implementation (legal, scientific, financial, communication, open access).

The gathering of grantees from different universities and research institutions will also present a great opportunity for them to discuss about their project's scientific achievements and to share experiences with regards to the management of their teams. ERC staff will present the H2020 grant implementing rules and also refer to FP7 provisions that are still on-going. They will provide first-hand advice on all concrete aspects of grant management.


09.30     Registration and Networking Breakfast

Morning session:    
Chairing –  Vittorio Morelli, ERC

10.00    Welcome and Introduction

John Arne Røttingen – Chief Executive of the Research Council of Norway
Vittorio Morelli – Senior Expert, ERC

10.15   Norway's participation in ERC grants

  • Survey – Norway in ERC grants    
    Report/results from a survey regarding barriers and opportunities for NO participation in ERC grants
    Berit Sundby Avset – Senior Adviser, Research Council of Norway
  • "Library" of successful ERC applications
    Idea for a database/library of successful ERC applications as inspiration and help for prospective applicants
    Per Magnus Kommandantvold – Senior Adviser, Research Council of Norway

10.45   Management of ERC grants, part A

  • Scientific monitoring of ERC grants
    Scientific reporting and monitoring; Open Access in ERC grants
    Carlos Galvez – Project Adviser, Scientific Department, ERC

11.45     Management of ERC grants, part B

  • Financial aspects in the management of H2020 projects
    Financial reporting, eligible costs, supporting documents (time sheets), equipment procurement, errors prevention, etc.
    Adela Ruiz Caabeiro – Financial Officer, Grant Management Department, ERC
  • Legal and contractual aspects: Amendments process for ERC grants
    Incl. practical examples for change of Host Institution, extension, PI time commitment, etc.
    Robert Schweighofer  – Legal Adviser, Grant Management Department, ERC

13.00    Lunch Break

Afternoon session:
Chairing – Vittorio Morelli, ERC

14.00  Novelty of ERC Synergy Grants

  • Bringing together a group of two to maximum four PIs with different skills and resources to tackle
    ambitious research problems
    Robert Schweighofer – Legal Adviser, Grant Management Department, ERC

14.15   Panel debate: Management of Research Teams

  • Putting together an inter-disciplinary team, effective team management, conflict management, gender issues, etc.
    Facilitator: Vittorio Morelli – Grant Management Department, ERC
    PI Panel lists: Ann-Cecilie Larsen – University of Oslo, Marie E. Rognes – Simula Research Laboratory, Kerim Nisancioglu – University of Bergen, Kenneth Hugdahl – University of Bergen

15.45     Coffee break

16.00  Communicating your ERC research

  • Communicating effectively about your research contributes to the success of your project and can bring new interesting opportunities in your career. This session will provide you with an overview of the ERC's communication tools and channels and with some tips and ideas on how you can engage with the public and the media.
    Béatrice Thiry – Communications Officer, Communications Unit, ERC

16.45   Wrap-up and end of the workshop

Vittorio Morelli – Grant Management Department, ERC

For more information, please contact:

NCP contacts:
Berit Sundby Avset (+47 93 05 93 24)
Per Magnus Kommandantvold (+47 92 24 76 35)