Interview Trainings Starting Grants

The Interview is an important part of the ERC evaluation process. Here you can find out how the National Contact Point ERC can support you in this process.

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The National Contact Point ERC (NCP ERC) organises interview trainings for the ERC Starting Grants 2023. The NCP ERC will provide trainings for applicants of all three domains (PE, LS and SSH).

1. General Information Webinar (Part I)

There will be a general information webinar for all candidates. Here, a professional coach will provide general tips and guidelines for the online interview process. In addition, the NCP ERC will offer information on the state of evaluation and statistical basics. After a practical report from a successful grantee, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The number of participants for the general training is not limited. There will be two general information webinars of 1,5 hours each:

  • 24 April 2023, 10:00 a.m.
  • 27 April 2023, 10:00 a.m.

2. Individual coaching (Part II, limited number of participants)

Individual coaching in small groups is also offered. In a virtual mock panel, the interview situation is rehearsed with the participants. The candidates give their presentation based on their individual panel specifications. This is immediately followed by a short question-and-answer session on the content of the presentation. This is followed by general feedback from the coach, the NCP ERC and the participants. This procedure simulates the interview conditions.

The number of participants is limited to 6 persons per training. This part will take about 4 hours. Previous participation in one of the online information events is a prerequisite for participation.

If you already have access to individual coaching elsewhere, we kindly ask you to make use of this possibility and to keep the NCP ERC training free for colleagues who do not have this opportunity.

All trainings are conducted online and in English. Participation in the trainings is free of charge.

Registration will soon be possible via the links on this page. We will inform you about the activation in time via our ERC newsletter. Please register promptly after the registration opens, as there is usually a lot of interest in the trainings and they book up very quickly.


Part I: for all Domains (PE, LS, SSH)

  • 24 April 2023, 10:00 a.m.
  • 27 April 2023, 10:00 a.m.

Please note: No documents need to be uploaded with the registration! However, confirmation of your successful registration is subject to the official invitation to the interview being sent to the NCP ERC as a PDF document by the deadline of 17 April. You will be asked to do this by mail following your registration.

Part 2:
Physical Sciences & Engineering (PE):

  • Tuesday, 2 May 2023, 08:30-12:30
  • Tuesday, 2 May 2023, 13:30-17:30
  • Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 08:30-12:30
  • Tuesday, 9 May 2023, 08:30-12:30

Life Sciences (LS):

  • Tuesday, 2 May 2023, 08:30-12:30
  • Tuesday, 9 May 2023, 09:00-13:00
  • Wednesday, 10 May 2023, 08:30-12:30
  • Monday, 15 May 2023, 09:00-13:00

Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH):

  • Monday, 15 May 2023, 08:30-12:30
  • Wednesday, 17 May 2023, 08:30-12:30
  • Monday, 22 May 2023, 09:00-13:00
  • Thursday, 25 May 2023, 09:00-13:00

Please note: The number of participants is limited. Registration for the training courses is on a first come first served basis. This means that candidates for the limited places will be selected according to the chronological order of their registration.

Confirmation of your successful registration is also subject to the following conditions:

  1. Annex I of the official invitation to the interview and
  2. B1 of your application

have been sent to the NCP ERC in due time. For this purpose, you will receive a separate request from the NCP ERC. Please refrain from pro-actively sending documents. These will not be considered and do not constitute an entitlement to participation.

Contacts at the NCP ERC for further questions: Dunja Hofmann and Kristof Bertram