Open Science and Writing Successful Projects for Excellent Research and Disruptive Innovation: Horizon Europe 2021-2027, ERC (European Research Council) & EIC (European Innovation Council).

Join us for the EXPER Summer School in Gran Canaria from July 17 to July 19, 2024, at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). This immersive experience, part of the Excellent Peripheries for a Strong European Research Area (EXPER) project, focuses on promoting excellent and responsible research at ULPGC and the University of the Azores (UAc).

What to expect?

The summer school programme aims to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of research management, encompassing essential cross-cutting competencies. The curriculum delves into open science practices, fostering a collaborative environment that empowers participants to strategically leverage funding opportunities offered by the Horizon Europe (HE) programme, European Research Council (ERC), and European Innovation Council (EIC).

Areas training: Boosting proposal writing skills

Designed to cultivate project development through group work, the programme will enable participants to collaboratively refine initial project ideas and explore avenues for further development. Three crucial areas of training and expertise will be addressed during the summer school:

1st Training Area (Day 1): Focus will be on writing successful proposals for the HE 2021-2027 Programme, aligning proposals with European Commission priorities, and developing writing skills to define objectives and outcomes. Additionally, it will teach participants to understand the European Commission’s evaluation criteria to create a solid business plan, thereby maximizing the chances of securing funding and promoting Excellent Research at Widening Universities like ULPGC and UAc.

2nd Training Area (Day 2): The ERC provides funding to outstanding researchers for high-risk projects, assessing them based on scientific excellence. We will focus on ERC Grants to enhance our researchers’ chances in these calls by identifying winning projects, setting ambitious objectives, and presenting innovative scientific approaches. Additionally, the concept of Open Science will be explored, where attendees will learn about Curriculum Evaluation for their research activities, crucial for their accreditation and promotion as university professors, with a specific focus on the ANECA programme, including the evaluation of research and transfer six-year periods.

3rd Training Area (Day 3): Are you leading a Startup or a Spin-off? If this is your case, this will undoubtedly be your day. We will focus on the EIC, highlighting its relevance for Startups and Spin-offs. This program promotes disruptive and deeptech innovation, with global scaling potential through its funding instruments: EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition and EIC Accelerator. Additionally, the EU Widening Programme will be presented, aimed at reducing the gap in research and innovation between different European countries, including the outermost regions.

Beyond proposal writing

Participants will actively engage in a practical proposal writing workshop, focusing on Horizon Europe projects such as Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and Innovation Actions (IA). The workshop will involve international and multidisciplinary stakeholders, fostering collaboration between academia and local industries to address global challenges like climate change adaptation, ocean and water restoration (EU Missions), resilience in ultraperipheral regions, and leveraging EU funds for economic growth.

Ultimately, participants will benefit from expert presentations, interactive workshops, and the participation of representatives from local companies, providing comprehensive insights into research management and effective knowledge transfer to society.


Click here to express your interest and keep an eye out for our upcoming communication. More information and the agenda is available here.


For further information please reach out to Tanausú Dávila Hernández, Project Coordinator at: tanausu.davila@fpct.ulpgc.es


17 - 19 Jul 2024


08:30 - 17:00