Funding scheme: MSCA-NIGHT

European Researchers Night


This action is meant for any legal entity that is capable of organising an event and is established in an EU Member State or Horizon 2020 Associated Country. 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.


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.

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


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 the 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 researchers 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.


NIGHT projects are selected through an open competition and transparent, independent evaluation, using a series of pre-determined criteria.


Projects can compete to organise the European Researchers' Night by submitting an application to a call for proposals, with only the best selected for EU support. These calls are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA).

The call for proposals for the organisation of the European Researchers' Nights 2018-2019 closed on 14th February 2018. 55 proposals all across Europe were selected for funding.

If you submitted a proposal that passed the evaluation thresholds but could not be funded due to insufficient call budget, you have been informed by letter of the possibility to request to associate your event with the NIGHT.

Once associated to the NIGHT, your project and its website is advertised in the events section on the European Researchers' Night event page.



Which event would you like to attend?

Every year, hundreds of events take place simultaneously in Europe and neighbouring countries.

In 2018, the events will take place on Friday, 28 September, in over 340 cities across Europe and in neighbouring countries. See the event closest to you on the interactive map below.

In Brussels, the European Commission and the European Parliament are organising a special event from Tuesday 25 to Wednesday 26 September called "Science is Wonder-ful-European Researchers' Night.

All the events are supported by the European Commission as a part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, to boost the careers of researchers.


This is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

The European Researchers' Nights have been organised every September since 2005. Some of the past events have received national prizes. In 2015, the event celebrated its 10th anniversary. In 2017 about 1.1 million citizens and over 21 000 researchers took part in these scientific events.

The events showcase what researchers really do for society in interactive and engaging ways, promoting research careers to young people and their parents. Fight cancer, stop global warming, prevent hunger and drought, invent devices for disabled people, and make human life easy in space! This could be the fascinating, life-changing daily work of the faces behind science who you can meet at the European Researchers' Night 2017. With family, friends, your school or on your own, become a scientist for the evening and participate in science activities – great entertainment is guaranteed!

See the frequently asked questions on the European Researchers' Night.