Funding scheme: MSCA-NIGHT

European Researchers' Night

European Researchers’ Nights are public events dedicated to bringing researchers closer to the public. They showcase the diversity of research and highlight the impact of research on our daily lives. The aim is also to motivate young people to embark on research careers. The events promote how researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging forum.

From 2018-2019, 55 projects have been implemented in 371 cities across Europe and beyond. During the 2018 Night, over 1.5 million of visitors attended!
In 2019, the events will take place on Friday, 27 September*

This year’s call for proposals has closed.  The call for the 2020 edition of the European Researchers’ Night will be published on 8 October 2019; the deadline for applications will be 9 January 2020.

*Please note that the event will take place in Israel on Thursday 19 September.


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).


Organisations must submit a proposal in reply to the call for proposals.

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


…as 1.5 million visitors did in 2018!

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. See the event closest to you on the interactive map below.