May 27, 2021, 13:00 – 15:00 CET
The Young European Associated Researchers (YEAR) network is happy to present
our next online webinar about “ERC Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants” on May 27 from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST.
The training will be presented by Dr Catherine Halbert of Halbert Research.
Please register through the following link:
Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration and with the link and token to attend the webinar. Registration is required as the places for this webinar are limited to 100. The deadline for registration is May 24.


  • 13:00 European Research Council Funding
    • Horizon Europe ERC Programme and Grants
    • The importance of the Idea
    • The calibre of the Researcher
  • 13:20 How to write an ERC Proposal (B1, B2)
    • Early planning and the one-page proposal
    • B1-Overall approach and key information
    • B1-Summary, synopsis, CV and track record
    • 10 min break
    • B2-Objectives, state of the art, methodology, resources
  • 14:20 The evaluation and selection process
    • The ERC panels
    • Getting through from B1 to B2 and interview
    • Tips from awardees and panellists
  • 14:40 Discussion
    • Is the funding scheme right for you?
    • What to do next and how to get support
  • 15:00 End of seminar


This online seminar focuses on the European Research Council (ERC) Funding Programme. Prospective applicants for ERC STG, COG or ADV grants will gain insights into the planning, preparation and writing of a competitive proposal. The seminar will particularly focus on the ERC Starting Grant, to meet the needs of researchers in the YEAR network. Each participant will receive a copy of the slides and materials. Questions and interaction will be facilitated during the seminar.


ERC provides attractive, long-term funding to support investigators and their research teams to pursue groundbreaking, high-gain and high-risk research. ERC frontier research grants are awarded on the basis of scientific excellence. Applications can be made in any field of research. Independent researchers of any age and career stage from anywhere in the world can apply. The funding supports investigators looking to set up or consolidate their own independent research team or programme, as well as to already established research leaders.
Please consider that the webinar will not be recorded and that information on the registered participants (name, email, and research area/discipline) will be shared with the speaker to help her give good examples during the presentation.
Welcome to the Webinar!

Catherine Halbert – Director, Halbert Research, Cork, Ireland


Catherine Halbert
(BSc, MSc, PhD) is the founder of Halbert Research,
a niche consultancy company providing mentoring, workshops, and proposal evaluation services for EU funding since 1999. Catherine has 30 years’ experience in research management in academic and industry settings. For the past 20 years, she has worked as an Expert Evaluator, Panel Member, Reviewer, and Quality Controller for the European Commission, working across a broad range of thematic areas and funding programmes (FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020). Catherine was a member of the EC Advisory Group for H2020 Societal Challenge 2, and an EIP-AGRI Working Group member. She has also served on national research evaluation panels in Ireland. Previously Catherine worked as a
research scientist in plant science (Trinity College Dublin), and food science and technology (University College Cork). Catherine is a part time Lecturer at University College Cork and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Science and Computing at Waterford Institute of Technology. She was a lead partner in two EU-funded projects; STARTEC and TRADEIT. Catherine has coached many researchers and groups from different sectors, disciplines, and countries, helping them to win EU funding. She is currently advising applicants for the new Horizon Europe programme, through customised online training, and proposal mapping sessions for small groups at the early stages of
project development.
Tel: +353 25 39004