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This is a special event on the occasion of the launch by the European Research Council of a new type of grants: the Synergy grants.

These grants sanction longer projects (6 years), require joint application and collaboration between different Principal Investigators (2 to 4); but require less total working time on the project (30%).

A quick overview of the ERC grants scheme will be followed by a thorough introduction of the Synergy grants to allow attendees to compare them.

This event is of interest to mid- to advanced- career researchers and professors, URAs, research management and international cooperation professionals; and in general to any researcher based in Japan interested in knowing more about the ERC Synergy grants before this year's first call.



Dr. Nicolas Voilley, ERC Research Programme Offficer



  • 17:00 Welcome address
  • 17:05 Horizon 2020 overview
    Dr. Tom Kuczynski, EU Delegation
  • 17:15 EURAXESS services useful for your ERC projects
    Dr. Matthieu Py, EURAXESS Japan
  • 17:25 Presentation of ERC grants 
    Dr. Nicolas Voilley, ERC
  • Q&A session
  • 18:20 Experience feedback from a Japanese ERC grantee
    Prof. Dai Aoki, CEA-Grenoble / Tohoku University
  • 18:30 Wrap-up