Researchers awarded NCN grants may participate in the ERC Mentoring Initiative launched by the European Research Council.
The National Science Centre, together with the National Centre for Research and Development, Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange and Foundation for Polish Science, has joint an initiative coordinated in Poland by the Polish National Contact Point. The agencies have allowed their grant winners to apply under the ERC Mentoring Initiative and fund their participation in the Initiative with the funds awarded under Polish research projects.
The initiative is targeted at researchers from countries where the success rates in ERC calls for proposals have been so far modest, e.g. Poland. A database of mentors has been compiled, comprising former ERC evaluation panel members and ERC call winners. Their aim is to support researchers participating in the ERC calls for proposals by helping them to write research proposals.
Rules of procedure
Agencies allow their call winners to participate in the ERC Mentoring Initiative in so far as they meet the ERC grant requirements: Starting Grants (2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD), Consolidator Grant (7-9 years of experience since completion of PhD) and Advanced Grants (for researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years).
Researchers may apply for their respective grants to the Polish National Contact Point at the National Centre for Research and Development. Having reviewed the information provided, the Polish National Contact Point will name mentors from the database delivered by the ERC and connect the applicant and mentor. Researchers together with their mentors will specify the scope of mentoring within the framework of applicable rules laid down in the full project description.
This is an ongoing call; proposals are submitted via an interactive form.