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European Research Council Starting Grants

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Europe currently offers insufficient opportunities for young investigators to develop independent careers and make the transition from working under a supervisor to being independent researchers in their own right. This structural problem leads to a dramatic waste of research talent in Europe. It also limits or delays the emergence of the next-generation of research leaders, who bring new ideas and energy, and it encourages highly talented researchers at an early stage of their career to seek advancement elsewhere.

ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others that have been recently created.

ERC Starting Grants in brief

• For researchers of any nationality with 2-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise

• An excellent research proposal

• Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution /HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries

• Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million (in some circumstances up to € 2 million)

• Duration: up to 5 years

• Evaluation criterion: scientific excellence

• Calls for proposals: published once a year in summer with deadlines in autumn

• Applicants for the ERC Starting Grants - called Principal Investigators (PI) - must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of scientific maturity

• For example, it is normally expected that applicants will have produced independently at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor.

• Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a promising track-record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field.

• They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

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