European Research Council (ERC) was established in 2007. ERC supports (from the EU budget) excellent research in all disciplines. ERC does not support networks or international consortia, but individual investigators (Principal Investigator, PI) and their research teams. PI may be of any nationality, but chosen host institution must be in EU Member State or in associate country within the FP program. The only evaluation criterion is scientific excellence (excellence of the project as well as PI itself). Researcher should come up with a whole new revolutionary idea that is not just a continuation of his earlier achievements. Idea, which can greatly influence a given discipline, move its boundaries or open new research perspectives.
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ERC Starting Grants
ERC Starting Grants support the independent career of outstanding young scientists at the stage of establishing their own independent research teams or programs. Applicants may be researchers of any age or nationality who have obtained Ph.D. in the range of 2 to 7 years before the 1st January 2018. PI must have at least 5 publications in major international peer-reviewed journals, at least one major publication should be without the Ph.D. supervisor or co-supervisor etc.) and an excellent original idea. Starting Grants may be awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years.
ERC Consolidator Grants
ERC Consolidator Grants support the independent career of outstanding young scientists in the consolidation phase of their own independent research teams or programs. Applicants may be researchers of any age or nationality who have obtained Ph.D. in the range of more than 7 to 12 years before the 1st January 2018. PI must have at least 10 publications in major international peer-reviewed journals, of which several important publications should be written without Ph.D. supervisors, co-supervisors etc.) and excellent original idea. Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to € 2 million for a period of 5 years.
ERC Advanced Grants
ERC Advanced Grants support internationally renowned scientists who have already established themselves in their field of research. They are outstanding scientific leaders (in terms of the importance of scientific achievements and originality) that have proven to have influenced the field in the last 10 years bby achieving groundbreaking, highly original outcomes. Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2,5 million for a period of 5 years.
ERC Synergy Grants
ERC Synergy Grants support groups of 2 to 4 of PIs and their teams in jointly investigated excellent research project. Potential and added value resulting from mutual synergy, complementarity of knowledge and resources of the principal investigators and their host institutions must be so high that research promises breakthroughs that could not be achieved if each researcher worked separately. Synergy Grants may be awarded up to € 10 million (in exceptional cases up to € 14 million) for up to 6 years. The aim is to support exceptional projects of very high quality - under the ERC SyG 2018 call, which has a budget of € 250 million, it means only 25-30 projects should be funded.
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