European Research Council Public Engagement with Research Award
25 Sep 2019



Any ISIS users who are funded by ERC and are active in engaging the public with their research are encouraged to apply for the ERC's Public Engagement with Research Award.


The European Research Council’s (ERC) Public Engagement with Research Award 2020 is designed to recognize and celebrate ERC grantees who have demonstrated excellence in public engagement and outreach.

ERC grantees have a contractual obligation to communicate their project and many of them are outstanding science communicators. The ERC would like to recognise those who engage with audiences outside their domain to communicate their research funded by the European Union. 

What is public engagement with Research?

For the purpose of this award, we understand Public Engagement with Research as the many ways that the public can be involved in the design, conduct or dissemination of the research process.

Researchers can choose to engage with the public for:

  • Communication: to inform and inspire the public about research.
  • Consultation: for projects that have engaged in two-way conversations about research and listened to public views.
  • Collaboration: for research projects that have involved collaborating with the public, including co-creation, co-production of knowledge and citizen science.


The prize for each winner includes a trophy, complimentary registration to the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020, reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses for attending the award ceremony and visibility at the award ceremony. In addition, winning projects will be featured prominently in the ERC communication channels, expanding the visibility of the projectl, for several months after the award.


One winner will be selected in each of the following categories:

  1. Public outreach
  2. Press and media relations
  3. Online and social media


Applicants should fill in the online application form and submit it by the deadline.


The competition opens on 24 September 2019.
Deadline for submission: 10 January 2020 at 17:00 CET


The European Research Council plans to announce the winners of the three categories at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in Trieste in July 2020.

Guide for Applicants

This Guide for Applicants provides ERC grantees with all the necessary information to make their entry a winner. The guide includes a detailed description of this year’s award categories, the eligibility and award criteria, and FAQs. Participation in this competition is voluntary.
Please read the privacy notice associated with this application here.


WEBMASTER for questions about the application form
PROJECT PROMOTION for any other question about the award

Contact: de Laune, Rosie (STFC,RAL,ISIS)