The European Research Council (ERC) has launched a new traineeship scheme as a way to widen participation in its competitions, under which six countries – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Belgium – will give grants to future ERC applicants to enable them to visit and learn from research teams of existing grant holders.
The Czech Science Foundation, the Estonian Research Council, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office in Hungary, the National Science Centre in Poland, the Slovenian Research Agency, and the Research Foundation in Belgium are the first to organise fellowships. The ERC expects more will follow.
Visits can last from three to six months and all costs, such as travel and salary, will be covered by the organisers of the programmes, either with financial assistance from national R&D budgets or EU regional funds. The visiting researcher will be obliged to apply for an ERC grant within a specified time after the end of the visit.