The Aalto University of Helsinki is a multidisciplinary university, where science and art meet technology and business. We were invited to provide principal investigators of the School of Science a training on ERC Advanced Grant applications. The overall goal was to prepare the attendants for this funding opportunity and increase success rates. Our methods included giving participants a better insight in the soft criteria for ERC with key insights and best practices. Furthermore, we discussed strategies for presenting research ideas and shared tips and tricks to improve writing skills. Afterwards, the participants stated that they felt more confident in their chance of obtaining an ERC Advanced Grant.