Training for the Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Administrative Office at Vilnius University on 29-31 May

We are delighted to announce that Dr Patrick Boyle and Professor Valerie Heffernan from Maynooth University will be visiting Vilnius on 29-31 May 2023.

Dr Patrick Boyle is a Research Development professional from Maynooth University with many years of experience across the University sector, and the Financial and IT Sectors.  He currently supports EU Framework and Non-Framework applications for MU researchers, including MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships and ERC grants.

Professor Valerie Heffernan is a Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at Maynooth University. She has assisted the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission with the evaluation of several Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe funding calls, including MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships.

During the visit the following information sessions will be covered:

  1. Training session for ESRs: MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023:  What you need to know, developing a proposal and thoughts on evaluation (1,5 hours). This session will also be streamed Online (Zoom invitation will be send to those who registered using the link below);
  2. Training session for MotherNet academics: Applying for an ERC Frontier Research Grant as a PI (1,5 hours);
  3. Training for Vilnius University Research Office: Supporting ERC/MSCA Proposals in the Research Office (1,5 hours);
  4. Informal discussion between lecturers and VU Research Office staff: MU Research Office – organisation and approach to support (2 hours).

There will also be time during the visit for more informal conversations with both guests.

Everyone interested in knowing more about MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships or ERC grants is welcome! If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact MotherNet Project Manager Jūratė Charenkova (email:

The visit of Prof.  Valerie Heffernan and Patrick Boyle is a part of the project “Developing a New Network of Researchers on Contemporary European Motherhood (MotherNet)”. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 952366.