Since 2005, the European Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide public and media event for the promotion of research careers, has taken place on the last Friday of September each year. The European Researchers’ Night aims to bring researchers closer to the general public and to increase awareness of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers’ work on citizen’s daily life, and encouraging young people to embark on scientific careers.
The activities of a Researchers’ Night event are focused on the public at large, bringing researchers directly in contact with the public view a view to enhancing their role in society. Researcher’s Night grants may be awarded to any legal body established in a Member State or Associated country that can run public outreach events involving their national or regional research community on the defined date in September. Events in any field of research are eligible. Participants can include private and public research organisations, academics, companies, public authorities, schools, science museums, parent-teacher organisations, mobility centres, foundations, the media… The active involvement of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows is strongly encouraged.
Activities that can be supported include:
- Hands-on scientific experiments overseen by researchers.
- Scientific or technological demonstrations by researchers involving the participation of members of the public.
- Guided visits of labs, research institutions and other places that are usually closed to the public (particularly at night).
- Workshops for children (build a robot, conduct an experiment, help a researcher in solving a problem etc.).
- Competitions (scientific quizzes, puzzles, photo and art contests etc.).
- Theatrical or artistic events with a scientific or technological theme.
The list is by no means exhaustive. Click here to see what has happened on previous Researchers’ Night. The next Researchers’ Night will take place on Friday, 25th September 2015. The Irish event will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons.
What research areas are funded?
All areas of research are covered by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, including STEM subjects and the social sciences, humanities and economic sciences.
- An award can be made to a single participant from a Member State or Associated country.
- Can also include other participants (from the same country or another Member State or Associated country), if required.
- Project Duration 5 to 18 months.
- Typical Project Budget €40,000 to €350,000.
- The budgets vary in line with the scale of the activities proposed.
- It is possible to apply for full or co-funding.
How to apply
In 2016 and 2017, there will be one funding Call for European Researchers’ Night. Funding could be requested for events in 2016, in 2017 or in both years. Details of all Calls, including application documentation, may be found on the Participant Portal.
The next Call for European Researchers’ Night will close in 2016. A list of Call deadlines can be found here.