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European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)

Interested in attracting people to research? Then join the European Researchers’ Night!

It is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year on the last Friday in September. More than 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

The events showcase what researchers really do for society, in interactive and engaging ways, and promote research careers to young people and their parents.

For further information about how to associate your event to the NIGHT, please refer to the How do we apply section below.

See the frequently asked questionspdf(333 kB) Choose translations of the previous link English (en) on the European Researchers' Night.

Who can apply?

This action is meant for any legal entity that is capable of organising the event and is established in the EU or an associated countrypdf Choose translations of the previous link . This will often involve coordinating regional, national or international partners.

For example: private and public research organisations, companies, public authorities, schools, science museums, parent-teacher organisations, EU mobility centres for researchers, foundations or the media may apply.

What can be funded?

Any event that boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society, especially among young people, can be supported. European Union funded researchers should interact as much as possible with visitors and show how their research has an impact on people’s daily lives.

What does the funding cover?

Funding covers any expenses linked to the organisation of a research outreach event. It can be spent on preparations and publicity, the event itself and assessment of its impact.

Activities that can be supported include:

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

This list is by no means exhaustive… be creative!

Grants can cover up to two years. Their value varies according to the scale of the events proposed.

Who decides?

NIGHT projects are selected through an open competition and transparent, independent evaluation, using a series of pre-determined criteria as set out in the Work Programmepdf Choose translations of the previous link  and its General Annexespdf Choose translations of the previous link .

How do we apply?

Coordinators of projects that passed the evaluation thresholds but were not retained for funding due to lack of financial resources will receive an information letter from the REA, indicating that should they request their event to be associated to the European Researchers' Night, such request would be automatically approved by the REA. No funding will be provided for associated events. However, the country where the project is going to be undertaken, the title of the project, and its link to the website will be advertised on the European Researchers' Night website in the events section.

Further information about the events is available on the European Researcher's Night webpage Choose translations of the previous link English (en) .

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