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ERC Day in Wrocław

The Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub and The European Research Council organised the event entitled ERC Day in Wrocław in cooperation with The Regional Representation of the European Commission in Wrocław.

The meeting was held on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 9 a.m. in Dom Europy.

Why are research grants of the European Research Council (ERC) so important? And why do we obtain them so rarely? How to efficiently apply for them?

ERC are some of the most prestigious grants. They are intended for research that deepens the knowledge about the world, and their aim is to support innovative research projects which will lead to disruptive discoveries and conclusions. Three Poles managed to obtain them in 2016.

Why is it so difficult to obtain a grant, and how to improve the effectiveness of grant applications? The participants in the discussion on these issues included Prof. Jerzy Duszyński (President of the Polish Academy of Sciences), Prof. Eva Kondorosi (European Research Council), Prof. Michał Karoński (Chair of the Council of the National Centre for Science), Prof. Jerzy Langer (Polish Academy of Sciences), and Prof. Karol Życzkowski (Jagiellonian University).

Moreover, ERC Day was an opportunity to become acquainted with current and planned competitions organised under ERC programmes, as well as with the regulations and procedures of application assessment. For this purpose, Dr Agnes Kulcsar, Call Coordinator ERC, came to Wrocław.

The meeting’s additional value was the presence of Dr Alban Kellerbauer from Heidelberg University, an ERC grant holder, who discussed his experiences and the development of his scientific career facilitated by the ERC grant.


  • 09:00 a.m. – 09:15 a.m. Welcome by the Academic Director of the Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub, Prof. Tadeusz Luty
  • 09:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. The EU13 countries and their chances in the ERC grants and budget