While the plan contains all the well-known grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants, there are also new elements:

  • The budget for the Proof of Concept grant scheme will increase from €25 million to €30 million
  • Two additional grounds for extension of the eligibility windows for the candidates for Starting and Consolidator Grants will be introduced for researchers seeking asylum or being a victim of a natural disaster
  • A special grant is foreseen to support ERC Science Journalism Initiative that will entail a support for journalists wishing to spend time at research institutions to better understand frontier research

EPSO encourages its members to already prepare and then submit proposals to the ERC 2023 calls following the calendar below.  In addition to the resources listed below, EPSO foresees to publish its Horizon Europe WP 2023-2024 briefing in quarter four of 2022.

How and when to apply for ERC grants?

The Work Programme published today includes a tentative calendar of grant competitions. The call for Starting Grants is planned to open on 12 July 2022. The Synergy Grant call is set to follow one day later on 13 July 2022.

Starting Grant Consolidator Grant Advanced Grant Synergy Grant Proof of Concept Grant
Call opens 12/07/2022 28/09/2022 08/12/2022 13/07/2022 20/10/2022
Call deadline (cut-off deadline) 25/10/2022 02/02/2023 23/05/2023 08/11/2022 24/01/2023



Indicative date for signature of grant agreements 23/12/2023 06/04/2024 17/08/2024 02/04/2024 07/09/2023




The last two resources are available on the EPSO Member only website, under Multinational Funding Programme > Horizon Europe > Briefings & Information session


EPSO Members, except external Personal Members, can contact Sofia Ciravegna [email protected] for access to the EPSO Members’ Only website.


Wishing you success with your proposals


Karin Metzlaff, Alexandra Barnoux and Alan Schulman


Source: ERC, 12.07.2022

The position has been filled and EPSO no longer accepts applications. The new Publications Officer will start as of 1 September 2022.

Opportunities: As member of the EPSO team you will use different sources of information and your own inspiration to write our research programme briefings, our newsletter, articles for our website and for our members.  You will coordinate the international Fascination of Plants Day. The EPSO team consists of three staff members of different cultural backgrounds and with different expertise.


  • Update and manage the EPSO website and social media – Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Research various programmes that offer funding opportunities for plant scientists across Europe and write briefings on these tailored to plant scientists
  • Take video interviews and support with videos and social media the communication actions in European research projects
  • Actively research information, coordinate submissions, write and edit articles and publish the EPSO e-newsletter twice a year
  • Coordinate the work for the biennial international Fascination of Plants Day (https://plantday18may.org/ ) and support the public relations work for this
  • Write articles about EPSO for our members and support articles for other outside publications
  • Monitor science policy publications and calls from the European Commission



  • Excellent science writing skills, preferably in English, with a proven ability to write in a clear, understandable, and interesting way
  • Excellent general written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Degree (BSc, MSc, or PhD) in biological or agricultural science
  • Strong computational skills, interest in learning how to use new tools
  • Good organisational skills, a clear analytical mind, an ability to manage projects within deadlines, and an ability to work independently as well as in a team


A plus would be:

  • Experience in a similar position
  • Experience with graphics and / or a website Content Management System
  • Knowledge of the European institutions and research funding instruments
  • Taking video interviews and compiling these in short videos for YouTube


Applications: Please send your application as ONE file (pdf or word) consisting of your motivation letter in English and including your gross annual salary expectation and your CV  by 15 August 2022 to: [email protected] with reference ‘EPSO-Job-Publications Officer’. Interviews will be held in Brussels on 18 -19 July and 24 – 25 August 2022.Preferred starting date for the Publications Officer is around 1 September 2022. Information from this application may be processed by the employer under the GDPR. By applying for the job, you give your consent for the data supplied in this application to be used for the recruitment and selection procedure for the advertised job.

Work permit required for non-EU citizens. Only relevant applications will be answered.


EPSO, the European Plant Science Organisation, has built a strong reputation for work in plant research and science policy at European and national levels. With currently 71 members representing around 200 plant research institutions, departments or universities in Europe, our work supports all areas of plant science.


Click here to read the Job advert

Looking forward to welcome you in our team

Karin, Sofia and Alan


Karin Metzlaff (EPSO Executive Director), Sofia Ciravegna (EPSO Executive Assistant), Alan Schulman (EPSO President)


 Contact: Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director

On 17 May 2022, the EC launched the 2022 LIFE Call, with a dedicated budget for LIFE of €755.5 million, the deadlines are going from September 2022 to March 2023 depending on the call.

LIFE is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. It is not part of the Horizon Europe programme, but under the same EU multi-annual financial framework. LIFE projects support policy implementation. Research is not the main focus but should be part of a LIFE project. LIFE projects only provide co-financing. Thus, you always need another financial source for the remaining amount.

Note that operating grants, especially the Standard Action Projects, are relevant for plant scientists.


The main deadlines are:

  • SAPs (Standard Action projects) – Most relevant for plant scientists: 4 October 2022
  • Preparatory Project (PLP): 7 September 2022
  • Technical Assistance Projects (TAPs): 8 September 2022
  • Strategic Projects (SPs)
    • Phase I (concept note): 8 September 2022
    • Strategic Projects (SPs) Phase II (full proposal) : 30 March 2023


You can access the EPSO updated briefing on the LIFE Work Programme 2022 at the EPSO Members-Only Website. There is no major change compared to the LIFE Call 2021.


EPSO Members, except external Personal Members, can contact Sofia Ciravegna [email protected] for access to the EPSO Members’ Only website.


We are happy to share with you the success you and plant scientists across the world already made possible with over 785 events in 54 countries which have been uploaded on the Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) website https://plantday18may.org/  . The peak was on the 18th May, with interactive events spreading into summer an autumn 2022.


A big thank you to you and the 61 National Coordinators!


Actions you can take now:

  • You can still organize FoPD events in summer / autumn 2022 at your university, institute, schools, public places …… – Get inspired by the FoPD 2019 success stories
  • Contact your national FoPD coordinator (listed on your country page) to upload events you did / will organise to the FoPD website https://plantday18may.org/
  • Send your success stories to [email protected] .


Click here to read:     


Any help needed with uploading events to the website, pls contact [email protected] .


Looking forward to your events and success stories 😊

Alexandra, Przemo, Trine and Karin


FoPD Global Coordinators Przemysław Wojtaszek (AMU / PL), Trine Hvoslef-Eide (NMBU / NO), Alexandra Barnoux and Karin Metzlaff (EPSO)




  • Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director
  • Alexandra Barnoux, EPSO Publications Officer


The EPSO Working Group on Plant Health has the pleasure to announce the programme for its first workshop to take place online on 5 July 2022, 10:00 – 15:40.

This first workshop has three aims. First, we will hear short introductions from each participant to get familiar with each other and start networking scientists in the WG.  Second, we will discuss in detail the draft statement  of the WG on ‘Healthy Plants for a sustainable production’. Third we will discuss next steps of the WG.

Recommendations from the workshop will be further discussed in three dedicated online sessions later this year and then provided to the scientific community, the European Commission and national agencies.

Find the programme in the full announcement file.

WG members are listed at https://epsoweb.org/working-groups/plant-health/.

 WG members who did not confirm their participation yet can still do so to Sofia and cc Karin M and the chairs until 20 June.

Registered participants will receive the zoom link on 28 June.


EPSO member organisations who did not confirm their 2 experts for this WG yet can still discuss this in their organisation and reply to Karin, cc Sofia and the chairs to become a member of this WG best by end June 2022 (we suggest 1-2 expert scientists per organisation interested in this subject). To enrol an expert, please provide the name, function in the institute, 1-3 keywords on the expertise and contact details. Pls confirm as well if the expert(s) will join the 1st meeting on 5.7.2022 by 20 June.


We look forward to e-meeting you in July!

Beat Keller, Tina Romeis, Maria Pozo, Gian Paolo Accotto, Andreas Voloudakis and Karin Metzlaff


Click here to read: The workshop Programme 10.06.2022

Contacts: Beat Keller, Tina Romeis, Maria Pozo, Gian Paolo Accotto, Andreas Voloudakis and Karin Metzlaff


The 14th European-wide seminar of the series supported by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and aimed at the Plant Science community and its stakeholders.

TTT: usually, the seminar will be held online each third Thursday of the month at three (CET). This time it will be exceptionally on the fourth Thursday as the EPSO General Meeting wil be held the week before.


On 23rd June 2022 at 15:00 (CET) we will present three talks exploring the Future Proof Crops


Dr. René Klein Lankhorst, Waginingen Plant Research, The Netherlands – “Towards the CropBooster Program”

Prof. Hans Lambers, University of Western Australia, Australia – “Exploring the potential to increase photosynthetic phosphorus-use efficiency”

Prof. Steve Long, University of Illinois, USA & University of Lancaster, UK – “Enhancing and Adapting Photosynthesis for Food Security under Climate Change”


 The seminars will be hosted on Zoom and last approximately 1.5 hours. Numbers will be limited to 300 attendees and therefore please register early if you would like to join. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and join the debate. So please join us to support this new and exciting initiative for European Plant Science by following this link just prior to the start of the seminar.


EPSO members register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


In the coming months we will be on the lookout for talented plant scientists among the EPSO membership to present their findings and perspectives to the EPSO seminar series. If we approach you to talk, we hope you will be happy to support the initiative. This is a fantastic opportunity for both eminent world leaders and talented up-and-coming early career researchers to present their research to an international audience and to network with potential collaborators. If you wish to suggest a theme for one of the autumn seminars and / or nominate yourself or one of your colleagues to give a seminar, we most welcome your suggestions. Please contact Tim George ([email protected]) to provide your name and potential talk title.


We look forward to seeing you all for the 14th EPSO seminar on the 23rdJune 2022


Tim George, Alan Schulman and Marie-Theres Hauser

EPSO Plant Science Seminar Series Organising Committee


 Click here to read: Full EPSO news item



  • Tim George, Hutton / UK & EPSO Board
  • Alan Schulman, LUKE / FI & EPSO President
  • Marie-Theres Hauser BOKU / AT & EPSO Board