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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.

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?

Proposals are submitted in reply to a biennial call for proposals. All open calls and related information such as the Guide for Applicants and full eligibility criteria can be found at the Participant Portal.

Associated events

This information concerns events that were either not part of proposals submitted to the NIGHT call in 2014, or were not retained after the call evaluation. If the event was not within a proposal submitted to the call, or was in a proposal scored below the minimum threshold, the event will be assessed by external experts commissioned by the Research Executive Agency (REA). This will follow a transparent and clear procedure based on the selection criteria established for the NIGHT call. The assessment will be based on the application form created for the associated events. The other case concerns events within a proposal that there was insufficient call budget to fund. The coordinators of these proposals will be contacted by letter. This will state that the events of those consortia will be associated to the NIGHT if requested.

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 (NIGHT) website in the events section.

The project organisers will indicate clearly on the website of the project and in any promotional material (online and offline) produced under the project that it is associated to the NIGHT event with the following wording:

"The (XXX) project is an associated event to the European Researchers' Night initiative of the European Union funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Call identifier: H2020-MSCA-NIGHT-XXX (title of the project and specific number of the call to be included). Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions European Researchers' Night 2014-2015"

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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