European Collaborative Research Projects (ECRP)

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The INTEREURO team is pleased to announce the concluding event of the larger INTEREURO-project that was supported by the European Science Foundation within the ECRP Scheme. The workshop will present and discuss key results from the largest ever pan-European research project on lobbying and interest group politics in the EU ( With the workshop they seek to share their exciting findings with a broader audience of practitioners and academics (and before most of their results get published). The workshop will be hosted by CEPS (; Congresplaats 1, 1000 Brussels) and will take place on December 2 in the afternoon (12.30 till 17.00).

To confirm their attendance interested people should register via this link ( 

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Please note that no more calls for the ECRP scheme will take place.

The Scheme

The European Collaborative Research Projects (ECRP) scheme was established to promote investigator-driven, multinational collaborative research in the social sciences in Europe and beyond. Researchers in the social sciences could collaborate across participating countries on any subject which demonstrated a need for international cooperation, while the funding remained national.


The enlargement of the European Union and European Research Area has brought greater awareness of the importance and value, but also of the difficulty, of working with counterparts from diverse research cultures, with often heterogeneous research agendas, funding systems and operational procedures. New opportunities for mutual learning and cooperation have opened up across national and disciplinary borders, both for researchers and research councils. It is, however, a challenge to ensure that multilateral collaborative research produces synergy and added value in circumstances where the cultural values of researchers may influence their scientific approaches and interpretations of findings. European support is therefore essential to bring to bear a wider range of cultural and disciplinary perspectives on topics of common concern within a global research environment and to promote the exchange of information, datasets and methods.
In response to these challenges, the ECRP scheme had a dual aim: first, to promote high quality responsive-mode international collaborative research in the social sciences by offering support to cover salaries, equipment, consumables and access to infrastructures; second, to provide a platform for research councils to work together to develop common procedures for applications, peer reviewing and monitoring, while retaining final funding decisions at the national level. Proposals submitted under the scheme competed – directly and indirectly – for funds alongside projects submitted to national schemes.