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  • 73rd ICREA Colloquium - Managing an ERC grant, or how to prevent a research dream to become an administrative nightmare


    Speakers: Prof. Victoria Reyes (ICREA at ICTA-UAB) and Prof. Iñaki Ruiz (ICREA at CSIC-IBE)

    When: 20th of December 2016 at 6pm

    Where: ICREA, Pg. Lluís Companys 23, 6th floor



    ​Victoria Reyes

    The European Research Council (ERC) provides funding opportunities for innovative, groundbreaking ideas at the frontier of science. Moreover, ERC encourages high-risk research, which often implies the use of unconventional methodologies and approaches. A researcher obtaining an ERC research grant might find that the administrative rules at the host institution do not easily allow the execution of a risky research program, a situation that might jeopardize the innovative nature of the research.  Based on the management of an ERC Starting Grant, in this presentation I explore ways in which the researcher can negotiate a more flexible management so to ensure the successful execution of the grant.


    Iñaki Ruiz Trillo

    I will quickly present my experience in managing an ERC grant in two different host institutions (UB and UPF), and my negotiations with a third one (CSIC). I think the most important point to avoid problems is to have a good communication channel with both the administration at your institution and with the ERC officer.

    The ICREA colloquia are a great way to learn about remote fields of research from our best experts. We usually have two speakers, who offer their opinions on the same subject from very different angles. Open to all ICREAs and their guests. There’s wine and munchies at the end, please book in advance!