22 Nov, 2023

Up to six awards will be granted in this work program, each with a value of 10,000 euros.

Objective: With the ERC Public Engagement with Research Award, the ERC aims to recognize and reward outstanding science communicators among its Principal Investigators who successfully engage with audiences outside their field through ERC-funded research.

Public engagement is defined, for the purposes of this award, as the involvement of the public in the design, execution, or dissemination of ERC-funded activities. Engagement is a two-way process involving interaction and mutual understanding for mutual benefit.

Public engagement activities may include, for example:

Citizen science activities carried out in collaboration or consultation with the public at any stage of the cutting-edge research project, including its design. Citizen science initiatives encompass activities such as public consultations or citizen juries. Public outreach activities that highlight a research topic by disseminating its content, fostering discussion, or inspiring potential future researchers. Public outreach initiatives may consist of various activities, such as art and science projects, educational programs, exhibitions, and may involve diverse audiences and locations such as students, schools, museums, or science festivals. Activities that encourage consultation and exchange with citizen groups to raise awareness of an issue, address a societal challenge, or contribute to a problem in public discourse. These activities may be based on preliminary or final project results, as well as any specific output or production generated in the context of an ERC cutting-edge research project. Examples of individuals and organizations likely to participate include journalists, policymakers at regional, national, or international levels, non-governmental organizations, citizen groups, or patients, product users.

General Conditions:

Eligibility and eligibility conditions: described in the ERC 2024 Work Program.

Applications must be submitted before the deadline through the submission tool available on the EC Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal. Detailed guidance is provided on the ‘IT HOW TO’ wiki page.

Eligible Participants: All Principal Investigators in an ERC cutting-edge research project, whether ongoing or completed by 31/12/2021 or later, are eligible to submit an application.

Applications must be submitted by a single Principal Investigator, who is responsible for the content of the application. In the case of Synergy Grants, each Principal Investigator can submit an application for public engagement activities they have worked on, provided these activities are different from those of other Principal Investigators. If several Principal Investigators from a Synergy project have carried out public engagement activities together, they can exceptionally submit a joint application, with one of them being the main applicant. Each Principal Investigator can submit only one application per ERC project.

Deadline: February 21, 2024.

Call documents:

ERC Work Programme 2024

Rules of Contest