The European Research Council launched a new mentoring initiative to target countries where the levels of participation and success rates in ERC calls for proposals have been so far modest. Local and regional support offices in these countries often struggle to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice for the ERC grant applicants they work with. The new scheme aims to identify ERC grantees and former evaluation panel members to serve as external mentors and reinforce the local programmes that exist to support ERC applicants.
Professor Andrzej Jajszczyk, ERC Vice-President and Chair of the ERC Scientific Council’s Working Group on Widening European Participation, explained:
“The ERC Mentoring Initiative will boost existing support programmes for ERC applicants by helping to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice. This initiative can advance our goal to widen participation in ERC calls and unlock the full potential for frontier research across Europe.”
To achieve this aim, the ERC will work with the ERC’s National Contact Points (NCP) in the countries concerned. The first stage involves identifying local offices in EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries that offer support programmes to potential ERC applicants. Newly published guidelines for the initiative invite local offices to liaise with their ERC NCP to submit a proposal to participate to the ERC.