Horizon Europe: Excellent Science – European Research Council (ERC) Public Engagement with Research Award

Closing Date: 03/02/2022

Three €10,000 awards for ERC grantees who have demonstrated excellence in public engagement and outreach.

The European Research Council (ERC) runs the Public Engagement with Research Award to provide prizes to ERC grant recipients who have demonstrated excellence in engaging with audiences beyond their field of research.

For the purposes of this prize, public engagement is defined as the involvement of the public in the design, conduct or dissemination of activities funded by the ERC. Engagement is a two-way process, involving interaction and mutual understanding for mutual benefit.

Awards will be issued in the following three categories:

  • Involve (citizen science): for activities conducted in collaboration or consultation with the public at any stage of the frontier research project, including its design. Citizen science initiatives comprise activities such as public consultations or citizen juries.
  • Inspire (public outreach): for activities putting the spotlight on a research topic, by disseminating its content, promoting discussion, and/or inspiring potential future researchers. Public outreach initiatives can consist of diverse activities, such as art and science projects, educational programmes, exhibitions, and can include diverse audiences and venues such as students, schools, museums or science festivals.
  • Influence (media and policy): for activities that foster consultation and exchange with citizen groups to raise awareness on a topic, to address a societal challenge or to contribute to an issue in the public debate.

The Principal Investigator may decide which category to submit the proposal to, taking into account the award criteria (strategy, creativity and impact) and in which category they believe their proposal will be most competitive.

The winners will be announced during the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in July 2022.

Funding body European Commission
Maximum value €10,000
Reference ID S22937
Category Arts and Humanities
Biotechnology and Biology
Economic and Social Research
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Fund or call Fund