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The European Research Council invites applications for its public engagement with research award, worth €10,000, which recognises former ERC grantees who have communicated their research to audiences outside of their domains, and demonstrated excellence in public engagement and outreach.

The European Research Council (ERC) Public Engagement with Research Award aims to recognise and reward ERC grantees who effectively engage the public with their research, bridging the gap between science and society. It encourages two-way interaction, involving the public in project design, conduct, and dissemination.

The public engagement activities may include:

  • Citizen Science: Collaboration or consultation with the public at any project stage, from design to public consultations or citizen juries.
  • Public outreach: Putting spotlight on a research topic through diverse public outreach activities, from art and science projects to exhibitions and educational programmes, including diverse audiences and venues.
  • Consultation and awareness: Engaging with various citizen groups, including journalists, policymakers and NGOs, a to raise awareness, tackle societal challenges, and contribute to public debates.

Up to six prizes, worth €10,000 will awarded.

All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, ongoing or ended on or after 31 December 2021, are eligible to submit one application per ERC project.

Applications must demonstrate public engagement activities related to an ERC-funded project. Applications should show a mature level of impact from these activities.

Applications will be reviewed based on the quality of the engagement strategy and its alignment with objectives, creativity, and impact on both the research team and the public.

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2024.

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