ECRcentral is a central platform for early career researchers to find research fellowships and travel grants, and to share experiences, resources and feedback.
ECRcentral is a community-driven initiative which was started by eLife Ambassadors 2018. The eLife Ambassador program supports the development of new initiatives ranging from preprints, reproducibility, and funding, by facilitating local discussions and connecting communities with international developments. We invite you to join and contribute by adding/editing funding opportunities. You can read more about how you can get involved here.
The platform is developed using open source technology, with all source code and documentation available publically. All the source code and related content are openly available through our GitHub repository, so the community can contribute and/or reuse the code.
ECRcentral aims to bring early career researchers together to discuss funding opportunities, share experiences, and create impact through community engagement.
The initial idea of this database was pitched by a former eLife ECAG member Sonia Sen. Naomi Penfold and Gary Mcdowell were instrumental in discussing ideas at the initial stages. The initial fellowship funding list was curated/edited by Dieter Lukas (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and eLife Ambassador Juan Quintana (Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, University of Dundee), and is available as an HTML version on GitHub. With the release of ECRcentral we also integrated another funding list from Johns Hopkins University and also funding opportunities submitted by the community using our previous add funding Google form. The initial travel grant list was curated by Lotte de Winde, eLife Ambassador 2018 and member of eLife ECAG.