Let´s talk grants


In our BLOG we aim to address current reluctance to apply for competitive research funding that has considerable impact on competitiveness and research excellence specifically in EU13 countries. In SCIOTHECA we would love to contribute to changing the perception of ERC and MSCA schemes in EU13 and other countries and increasing the success of our researchers. To do so, we want to promote sharing experiences and raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits that ERC, MSCA and COST grants offer. We intend to publish articles that will inspire, help eliminate doubts and prejudices and will encourage scientists to push their career forward and become successful and independent scientists.

Best practices for future ERC applicants

As the last calls for ERC Starting and Consolidator grants closed recently, it is time to reflect on gained experience and summarize brief lessons learned. In this article, we aim to bring reader´s attention to four best practices, which we consider beneficial to ensure high quality and competitiveness of the ERC proposals; however, we have often see them underestimated or completely neglected. There is no doubt that the preparation of an ERC project requires a lot of time, commitment and diligence. However, the long nights in solitude spent solely on writing and contemplating the proposal are no guarantee of success. We encourage future ERC applicants to keep an open mind and pay due attention to the following advices based on real-life experience of your colleagues scientists.

Read more

Interview with Zuzana Capkova, the czech national contact point for MSCA and ERC

Anyone planning to submit a grant application under Horizon Europe should know about the possibility of using the complex services of national contact points (NCPs) in their respective country. Here we present an interview with NCP for ERC and MSCA for the Czech Republic, Mrs. Zuzana Capkova. We appreciate that she took the time to explain to our readers how she as NCP can help young scientists applying for ERC and MSC IF and which training workshops she organizes for them this year.

Read more

Talking about the life of PhD students and postdocs in the Czech academic environment with Katerina Cidlinska

We discussed with Katerina Cidlinska, PhD various factors influencing careers of early career scientists in the Czech Republic, relatively low scientific mobility, main reasons for quitting the scientific career and possible solution that could prevent it all. Katerina Cidlinska PhD. is a sociologist who focuses her research on studying working environment in academia, support to early-career researchers, mentoring, gender inequalities in academia, exits from academic career, intersectoral mobility or professional identities.

Read more

Smooth transition of ERC to Horizon Europe

European Research Council (ERC) is considered the flagship of European research funding. To date, ERC has supported almost 10 000 breakthrough scientific projects and ERC grantees have won prestigious prizes, including 7 Nobel Prizes, 4 Fields Medals and 5 Wolf Prizes. It is great news that the key features to which the ERC owes its uniqueness will remain unchanged even during forthcoming framework program Horizon Europe.

Read more


Veronika Mikitova, PhD.

Hvozdec 122
Hvozdec 664 71
Czech Republic


+420 731 527 503

Company registration number (IN): 09709631

Please don’t hesitate in contacting us with any question you may have. We will get back to you as soon as possible.