Petition Against EU Funding Cuts

As you probably already know, cuts are being made by the EU to competitive funding avenues, such as research and innovation. Such funding is key to creating jobs throughout the EU, however they are instead choosing to focus on funding areas such as agriculture and cohesion, which will not generate nearly as many jobs and will certainly not see Europe supporting the ideas and science of the future.

Some suggest that the Horizon 2020 budget could fall below £70billion which, whilst it seems significantly more than the £55billion offered for its predecessor FP7, doesn’t take into account other increasing costs, such as rising inflation.

As the discussion the surrounding budget cuts to Horizon2020 continues, we can make our small voices heard by signing the following petition and getting involved.

ERC Proposal Writing Slides

With the ERC Consolidator Grant call now being open for submissions, potential applicants might be interested in reading proposal writing slides from a recent presentation given at Oxford, by UKRO.

This slides are only available to Oxford members of staff with Single Sign On access.

View the slides.

ERC Consolidator Grant

ERC have opened the call for their Consolidator Grant. These grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.


  • Up to 5 years in duration
  • Up to € 2 million funding


  • For researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation


Intent to Submit: Contact Kelly/Sharon, no later than 4th January
Internal: TBC (awaiting internal call brief)
: 21 February 2013

Full call details can be found at this link.