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Leiden celebrates European Research Council’s 10th anniversary

On the 23rd of June, Leiden University (LU) and LUMC celebrated the European Research Council’s (ERC) 10th anniversary by honouring their ERC grantholders. LU and LUMC academics have been actively engaged with the programme since it began in 2007 and have collectively been awarded over 70 projects with a value of over 100m Euro.

The event, co-organised by Luris Grant Development Team and LUMC Directorate of Research, was opened by LUMC dean Pancras Hogendoorn who acknowledged the Leiden success rate and offered advice to the future applicants in the room commenting the current success reflects the potential of Leiden academics, but it also raises the bar. This was also reflected in the message from the representative of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Doenja Koppejan, who warned future applicants “to look before you leap”. However, all the ERC grantholders speaking at the event agreed having an award was rewarding and, for some, even life changing. In the words of Professor Sjaak Neefjes, Advanced grantholder: Should you apply? Yes, you can!

Grantholders Eveline Crone and Carlo Beenakker
Among the speakers were Spinoza winner and Starting and Consolidator grantholder Professor Eveline Crone and Advanced and Synergy grantholder Professor Carlo Beenakker.

Eveline Crone provided the attendees with insights into her research on brain development related to cognition and behaviour of children and adolescents. She then shared her own ERC story, reassuring future applicants to keep trying by highlighting her own journey in obtaining her first then second ERC grant despite many previous rejections from other funders, she went on to explain how the ERC grants had changed her life and research career. She also emphasized the importance of the ERC grants for research in general.

The 3-P’s
Carlo Beenakker closed the event with a thought provoking contribution by presenting an example of “Why Einstein would be a great match for an ERC Grant”. The 3-P’s model – Peers, Pilot, Perspective - will guide each ERC applicant towards a successful grant proposal.

Future applicants: need help with your application?
If you would like to apply for an ERC grant contact the Luris Grant Development team

Further information, including useful factsheets and information on how to prepare for ERC grants can be found in the Funding Calendar pages of each of the different ERC schemes. 


Complete overview of the slides presented at this event. 

Slides per presentation
- General slides

- slides RVO

- slides Dennis Hetterscheid

- slides Petra Sijpesteijn

- slides Sjaak Neefjes

- slides Carlo Beenakker

Luris is coming to you

June 5

Luris would like to (re)connect with you and we are therefore going on tour. In the next two weeks we will set up a booth at both Leiden University and LUMC where you can meet us face to face and ask us any question you have on valorisation, license agreements, patents, entrepreneurship, legal affairs and much more. Please see the schedule below to find out where we are!

June 6 - Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSW)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Lounge, ground floor

June 7 - Faculty of Humanities (FGW)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Lounge, ground floor

June 9 - LUMC, research building (building 2)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Entrance, ground floor

June 14 - Faculty of Science (W&N)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Gorlaeus, ground floor


New Luris publication: 'Aspects of Globalisation' 

January 25

Luris proudly presents the publication Aspects of Globalisation - Mobility, exchange and the development of multi-cultural states. This publication features novel Leiden-based research on various aspects of globalisation, such as (ancient) migrations, multi-lingualism, multi-cultural states, trade routes and the spread of faiths.

Leiden University has an international - indeed, a global - reputation for excellent research in the Humanities. In  'Aspects of Globalisation' some of the University’s most promising scholars in the Humanities present their research into various aspects of the 'entangled' world. 

Connectivity, entangled worlds, globalisation. These are buzzwords that have dominated political and academic discourse over the past decade. But they matter, because they provide us with a framework to better conceptualise the ways in which societies are shaped, how they rise and fall, change and endure. On behalf of Leiden University, Luris hopes the studies presented in this publication may inspire the reader to rethink aspects of our own society. Aspects that strike us as familiar and ‘modern’, but that are as ancient as human society itself.

The booklet will be distributed at the Leiden University Dies Natalis on February 8 and will be made available to a wide audience. Click the cover below to browse the digital edition.

Luris’ Stefan de Jong awarded with Rubicon grant for research on university valorisation policies

January 19

Grant Advisor Stefan de Jong has been awarded a Rubicon grant for his research on the effects of university valorisation policies on the impact of academics. Many academics consider engagement with and impact on other individuals, groups and organisations in society inherent to their profession. Nevertheless, in recent decades governments, research funders and universities have introduced policies to increase impact of academics on society. Effects of these policies on research are well documented. Surprisingly, effects on impact itself have thus far received little attention. This project for the first time addresses this issue within the context of universities by answering the research question ‘how do internal impact policies affect societal engagement of academics?’.

Read more in the Leiden University news item.