Call Starting Grant 2020: Talent@Unipd

The Talent @UniPD initiative is aimed at identifying outstanding early-career candidates for the “ERC Starting Grant 2020" call, funded by the European Commission Framework programme H2020, with expected deadline October 16, 2019. Selected participants will be supported  at each stage of  their proposal preparation and submission.
Principal Investigators funded by the ERC will be offered a variety of benefits, according to current regulations.

  What does the ERC fund?

"The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence”.

For an overview on projects funded by the ERC

  How does the profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator look like?

PIs may be researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD or equivalent degree. Extensions are possible, e.g. for maternity/paternity leave, long-term illness, national military service, clinical training.

PIs are expected to have produced significant publications as main authors in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals, out of which at least one without the participation of their PhD supervisor. The candidates’ achievements must show a potential for research independence and the capability to carry out original research.

Other  recurring features of PIs funded by the ERC: 

  • a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences
  • international prizes/awards
  • research periods spent in top-rated institutions
  • high values of bibliometric indicators (e.g. h-index, number of attracted citations, etc.), compared with the average values of the candidate’s research field.

  Support offered by the University of Padova International Research Office

The most promising candidates, after approval of the hosting Department * , will benefit of the following consulting services:

A)    Proposal Writing

  • CV and  project proposal enhancement through focused meetings with experts
  • Support  during each stage of the proposal preparation (part B1 and B2). Full review of proposals drafts
  • Budget definition and resources justification

B)    If your proposal is  retained for Step 2 of the evaluation process and you are invited to the interview

  • Training course and mock interview coaching carried out in collaboration with a qualified experts team
  • Intensive English course (if necessary)

C)     If you are funded by the ERC and carry out  your project at UNIPD

  • You will be offered a tenure track position or permanent position at the University of Padova and a set of benefits  determined by current regulations (DM 635/2016 art. 7,2). The position offered to ERC awardees will be agreed with their Hosting Department.
  • You will be supported in the negotiation phase with ERCEA and in the management and reporting of the project, in cooperation with the Hosting Department.

D)    If the project has received Score A but will not be funded due to limited budget of ERC

  • The University of Padova offers the possibility to apply for alternative funding under the Supporting TAlent in ReSearch @University of Padova - STARS Grants (Wild Cards category) .

For further information  please contact us:


If your profile meets those requirements and you intend to choose the University of Padova as Host Institution, send us an email no later than 17 June 2019 ( and include the following attachments:

  1. your CV and track record
  2. an abstract of max. 2000 characters of your project idea,
  3. the ‘Commitment of the PI’ form, duly signed

All documents will be treated confidentially.

Any incomplete application and/or CV, as well as track records that are non-compliant with the provided templates will be rejected.

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