European Researchers’ Night event and open call

The European Researchers’ Night, funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), is a Europe-wide public event that brings researchers closer to the public. The Night provides researchers the opportunity to showcase the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives, and to stimulate interest in research careers – especially among young people. The events highlight how researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging forum.

In 2019, 55 projects were implemented. The projects took place in 433 cities from 27 countries across Europe and beyond. Over 1.6 million visitors attended the event and over 36,000 researchers took part – including 955 MSCA fellows!

In 2020, the European Researchers’ Night will take place on Friday, 27 November. More information about this year’s event will be available soon.


European Researchers’ Night grants may be awarded to any legal entity established in an EU Member State or Associated Country. Legal entities involve the coordination of activities between local, regional, national or international partners.

Possible beneficiaries’ profiles may include private and public research organisations, companies, public authorities, schools, science museums, parent-teacher organisations, EU mobility centres for researchers, foundations or the media.


Any activity or event that boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society – particularly among young people – is eligible for funding.

EU-funded researchers are encouraged to contribute and interact as much as possible with visitors by displaying their projects and promoting the use of research.


The funding covers any expenses linked to the organisation of a research outreach event . It can cover the preparation of such event, on an awareness campaign, pre-events, the event itself, and the assessment of its impact. These activities may include:

  • hands-on experiments conducted by researchers
  • science shows with public participation
  • debates
  • "researchers’ speed dating" (meet researchers and ask them questions)
  • competitions (such as science quizzes, games, puzzles, photo and art contests, etc.)
  • workshops for children
  • science slams
  • guided visits of labs, research institutes, and other relevant places that are usually closed to the public

The value of grants varies according to the scale of the events proposed.


All projects are selected through an open, independent and transparent evaluation. The competition uses a series of pre-determined criteria (listed in the call for proposals).


The call for the 2021 edition of the European Researchers’ Night was published on 1 October 2020. The deadline for applications is 12 January 2021. All the information to apply is available on the Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal.

The European Researchers’ Night’s call is available via the “Get funding” page of this website.


…as 1.6 million visitors did in 2019!

In 2020, the European Researchers’ Night will take place on Friday, 27 November. More information about this year’s event will be available soon.

Learn how research is fighting cancer, stopping global warming, preventing hunger and drought, improving technology to assist disabled persons and tackling challenges for life in space. Meet researchers and discover the fascinating work of science in a fun and interactive environment – with family, friends, your school or on your own.

ping @marina and @alberto
@nadia maybe something related to your planning activities

Is it worth it trying to do a Masters of Networks? Or overkill?

@amelia @melancon @brenoust

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Fun! So this would be for next year? I think it seems worth doing.

What format do you have in mind? Just running a “usual” MoN? or would we try to put up something so non-experts could interact with whatever network or analysis we come up with?

No, that would not justify preparing a proposal etc. We would need some thinking about how to make MoN into something that makes the cut. @andreja, how large are these projects generally, in terms of money, people participating etc.? How heavy is the application process?

It’s a standard Horizon application, type of action: CSA, Coordination and support action so it is not so complicated as RIA and IA applications. The value of grants varies according to the scale of the events proposed. The total budget is around 8 million euros for the 2021 edition. Regarding the eligibility conditions for participation - at least one legal entity established in an EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country is required. The maximum length of a proposal is 30 pages, excluding the annexes. Here is a Standard proposal template for CSA projects.

Activities focus on the general public, addressing and attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a special focus on pupils and students (young people in general).
Each proposal should set up at least one European corner, providing general information about the European Union and how the EU funds science and education cooperation within Europe and beyond.

For more details, (page 26).

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Did the (by now) usual operation on the CORDIS dataset.

So: 193 projects, average size about 278K, median 190K (smallest project is 36K, largest is 1.4 million), of which 69 funded 100%. Quite a strong correlation between project size and co-funding rate.

If we want 100% funding, better stay below 400K.


But of course there are very large numbers for a MoN. Any idea, @melancon?

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@alberto I am not sure what is a MoN in this context, or do you mean NoE (network of excellence)?

Sorry I meant for a Masters of Networks. Correcting now. The question means: what could we do that is MoN-like but justifies this kind of application writing?