EURAXESS UK Webinar | Strategy for Applying for a European Research Council Consolidator Grant

EURAXESS UK in collaboration with UKRO is delighted to host a virtual workshop for European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grantees who are considering a subsequent submission of an ERC Consolidator Grant proposal.

Who this workshop is for 

The main target audience of this workshop will be European Research Council Starting Grantees, who are considering a subsequent submission of an ERC Consolidator Grant proposal.

Workshop aims and content

This workshop aims to provide researchers with insights from an evaluator and successful double grantees, so that they can develop a strategy for applying for the ERC Consolidator call.

Attendees will gain insight into how to emphasise the originality of their research ideas in light of their prior or ongoing ERC grant.

Attendees will learn to assess their work from the perspective of an evaluator and increase the success of their research proposals given the indications from ERC funding stats that previously successful grantees have a higher chance of winning further funding if they reapply with another excellent ERC proposal.

Workshop details 

Date: 18 March 2022

Time: 10.00 to 12.00 GMT

About the Trainers

  • Dr Brian Cahill works at the Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology as Grant Manager of the COST Action CA19117 on Researcher Mental Health. He is a Member of the Governing Board of EuroScience and was previously Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. He was a Marie Curie fellow with research interests focused on measurement techniques for droplet-based microfluidics. He acts as an evaluator of MSCA Individual Fellowships and other funding calls. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the SciLink Foundation.
  • Sean Rowlands is European Advisor and ERC National Contact Point at UK Research Office (UKRO) where he helps academics to confidently navigate and make informed decisions about participating in EU programmes, while helping them to fully exploit all available opportunities.
  • Prof. Michael Peter Kennedy is Professor of Microelectronic Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD). He was Chair of the Department of Microelectronic Engineering in University College Cork (UCC) from 2000 until 2017. His research publications are in the fields of oscillator design, hysteresis, neural networks, nonlinear dynamics, chaos communication, mixed-signal test, and frequency synthesis. He has worked as a consultant for SMEs and multinationals in the microelectronics industry and is founding Director of the Microelectronics Industry Design Association (MIDAS Ireland) and the Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI). He was elected to membership of Academia Europaea in 2015. He served as RIA Policy and International Relations Secretary from 2012 to 2016 and as RIA President from 2017 to 2020. He serves as Panel Chair for ERC Grant evaluation and will talk about how to make it easy for the panel to support you.
  • Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport. She is Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change. Between 2014 and 2019, she held a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant – Low-Carbon Lifestyles & Behavioural Spillover (CASPI) – and since 2019 holds an ERC Consolidator Grant – Understanding and leveraging ‘moments of change’ for pro-environmental behaviour shifts (MOCHA). She is also a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Working Group II; and regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication.
  • Dr Yogesh Kulathu studied Chemical Engineering in India. For his PhD he worked on B lymphocyte development and signalling at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg, Germany in the lab of Michael Reth. He then did his postdoctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge supported by EMBO and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships. He started his own lab at the MRC PPU, University of Dundee in 2013 as a tenure track group leader. He was awarded tenure in 2017 and is a Programme Leader at the MRC PPU. Dr. Kulathu is the recipient of an EMBO Young Investigator award and a Lister Prize from the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Kulathu was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2015 and an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2020.


Thank you to all speakers and participants. The webinar recordings are now available to view on Facebook.