The European Research Council has announced today the nine finalists of its Public Engagement with Research Award. Voting has opened to choose the public’s preferred candidate from among the finalists.

The Award was established to recognise those ERC grantees who successfully engage audiences outside their domain. The laureates selected by the jury and the winner of the public vote will be revealed at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) on 14 July 2022 during the ceremony starting at 16:00 CEST and livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

List of finalists in three categories:

Award category: Involve – citizen science

Award category: Inspire – public outreach

Award category: Influence – media and policy

Learn more about the public engagement projects that got to the finals and vote for your favourite!

About the ERC

The ERC, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe. The ERC offers four core grant schemes: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants and Synergy Grants. With its additional Proof of Concept Grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between their pioneering research and early phases of its commercialisation. The ERC is led by an independent governing body, the Scientific Council. Since 1 November 2021, Maria Leptin is the President of the ERC. The overall ERC budget from 2021 to 2027 is more than €16 billion, as part of the Horizon Europe programme, under the responsibility of the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.

Source: European Research Council (