2.15 – 4.15 pm on Wednesday, 6 June 2018
SALC 10, 5th Floor, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Are you an excellent, established research leader with a track record of significant and original research achievements in the last 10 years? Do you have a truly innovative research idea that you would like to pursue? Would you like up to €2.5M over 5 years to conduct this research? If so, then the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants scheme may be for you.

The 2018 ERC Advanced Grants scheme is expected to open for proposals on 17 May 2018 with a deadline of 30 August 2018.
Imperial’s Research Office EU team is holding this information event for prospective Advanced Grant candidates from all Faculties to explain the details of the scheme and to give hints and tips on how to prepare a strong proposal drawing on the experiences of Imperial’s successful applicants.

We hope this event will be as interactive as possible and all potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. The Research Office EU team will be happy to arrange later one-to-one meetings with attendees to discuss their ideas in depth and to comment on draft proposals.

Prior registration for the event is required. Please contact Megan Coombs at to register.


2.30 – 3.30 pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2018
SALC 10, 5th Floor, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

The Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are dedicated to the mobility and training of Europe’s researchers. This event will focus on Individual Fellowships (IFs) which support postdoctoral researchers to move to a new country to carry out a research training project designed by themselves and their proposed Principal Investigator. It is possible to submit a proposal in any field of research to this call as the Commission does not dictate topics, so any department at Imperial can apply.

The Brexit Phase 1 negotiations include the confirmation that ‘Following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the MFF 2014-2020 until their closure … Accordingly, the eligibility to apply to participate in Union programmes and Union funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the Union for the entire lifetime of such projects.’

This means that UK participants can continue to apply for Horizon 2020 funding for the full duration of the programme, i.e., even in 2019 and 2020 after Brexit. Furthermore, if successful, UK participants will receive European Commission for the full duration of their projects and there will now be no need for the UK Government to underwrite UK participants following Brexit as they had previously promised. Similarly, UK participants in existing projects are guaranteed uninterrupted EC funding for the full duration of their projects.

This presentation will cover the major aspects of the programme, including the goals of the training & knowledge transfer, the eligibility criteria, the financial regime and the legal framework, as well as changes to the scheme introduced for this call. This event is aimed primarily at Principal Investigators who may be interested in bringing in new researchers, but will also be relevant to Imperial postdoctoral researchers who will have been in the UK for less than 12 months by the upcoming deadline (12th September 2018) and who would like to hold an Individual Fellowship at Imperial.

Registration is required in advance by email to James Lloyd (

Calls for Proposals

Full information on opportunities under Horizon 2020 is available through the Participant Portal.