What EU funding is available for Early Career Researchers? London Higher Europe Academics find out

On 6-7th December 2017 London Higher Europe led a delegation of 6 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 and funding opportunities.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. The programme included information on:

·         EU institutions and how they work;

·         The research funding context for European academics, including Brexit;

·         An introduction to networking across the EU village

·         Funding Workshops, tips for preparing applications and information on EU programmes of interest to early career researchers.

·         Personal experiences: The dos and don’ts from a first-time EU grant holder.

Naturally Britain’s exit from the European Union was a source of unease among the researchers, however the UK Government had underwritten funding for successful projects submitted on or before March 30th 2019. Furthermore, following the deal reached on the 8th December, the UK will continue to participate in the main programmes, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ until 2020. The researchers on the trip were therefore encouraged to continue as usual in their EU funding application cycles.

Participants came from Brunel University, University of the Arts London and the University of East London. This trip we led a smaller group than usual, which the participants felt benefitted them greatly as we were able to tailor the information to a much higher degree.

A few comments from the trip:

“Overall, an excellent event. Being in a small group really helped.”

“Great to hear about Erasmus Plus in addition to the other funding available.”

“Thank you for this week’s trip, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot about the EU!”

For more information please email: jordan.hill@londonhigher.ac.uk