Early Career Researchers - Developing their EU funding skills: institutions, lobbying, funding and networks

On 21-22 June 2016 London Higher Europe invited a delegation of 16 Early Career Researchers from member universities to Brussels for a two-day mission to explore the Brussels landscape and gain a better understanding of European engagement.

As domestic research budgets continue to become more concentrated it is becoming increasingly important for UK universities to look to EU sources of funding. The researchers of the future will need to be adept in working the levers of EU funding and, indeed, funding policy. This two-day mission to Brussels was targeted at newly appointed academics, PhD students approaching the end of their studies and those with modest prior experience of working in an EU context. Its aim was to provide a baseline understanding of:

  • EU institutions and how they work;
  • The research funding context for European academics; and
  • an introduction to networking across the EU village

Funding WorkshopThe programme was targeted specifically at academic staff relatively new to EU funding. These delegates benefitted from:

  • Bespoke sessions on: ‘the EU and how it works’, ‘tips for preparing applications’ and information on EU programmes of interest to early career researchers (e.g. ‘the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme for young researchers’, ERC starter grants etc.);
  • Personal experiences: hear the dos and don’ts from a first-time EU grant holder;
  • A tour of the EU Parliament and other Brussels based offices;
  • Networking opportunities, including a dinner, with colleagues from other London institutions, London European Office and London Higher Europe staff.

Early Career Researchers eventParticipants came from the following HEIs: Birkbeck University of London, Brunel University, London South Bank University, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, SOAS, University of London, University of Greenwich, University of the Arts London and Universtity of Westminster