How to benefit from proposal evaluations (even if they are unfair…)

Receiving evaluation reports for proposals that didn’t make the cut to get funded can be quite frustrating. Like with reviewer comments, evaluations from the grant committee can come across as unfair, uninformed, or just (too) harsh. Still, there often are important clues in these reports to be able to improve your next grant proposal.

New ERC curriculum vitae format provides more flexibility

In the 2024 work programme, the ERC format provides more flexibility in describing the applicant’s CV. Scientific excellence remains the sole evaluation criterion. However, you are now free to highlight those aspects in your CV and track record that you find most relevant to show how your profile matches the proposed research.

For Marie S. Curie IF, it’s all about your skillset

Marie S. Curie IF is an excellent funding option for researchers that want to spend time in a different country. Because it is a bottom-up funding scheme, applicants from all research fields are welcome to apply. Do keep in mind that it is essential to include your career perspective .

ERC online administrative forms… Prepare in advance

It would be wise to prepare the online administrative forms well in advance of the deadline. While the forms are really not that complex and filling them will only take up as much as an hour of your time maximum, they might have implications for the evaluation of your proposal. So, it is not really the task to do when you feel brain-dead from working on your proposal. Here are some things to consider when filling them out.