Funding Advice

European Research Council Funding

I thought I would provide some guidance on European Research Council grants. These are high demand, but high gain, competitions that can make for massive contributions to scholarship (and vast amounts of time to do it in). The only trouble in paradise is the need to have an epochal idea. I am afraid I cannot help with that (though I am, of course, bristling with them in the field of Classical Indology). In the meantime a little information can go a long way (there is some mild cut and pasting in this mail, but I hope you will forgive me – the prose is quite as purple as I would have made it).

This year’s deadlines are looming, but I am not trying to create immediate pressure… just mid- to long-term pressure!

ERC STARTING GRANTS

Young researchers in Europe face a big challenge: achieving independence. It’s an uphill struggle for them to make the transition from working under a supervisor to becoming an autonomous investigator in their own right. Sometimes they choose to leave Europe in search for places more open to young, promising scientists. It results in an outflow of talent and new ideas, which undermines the emergence of the next generation of research leaders in Europe. ERC Starting Grants are made to prevent it and to open for the best young researchers a fast track to independence and support to build their own research teams.

  • For researchers of any nationality with 2-7 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
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal
  • Calls for proposals: published once a year

The next stage is an ERC CONSOLIDATOR GRANT:

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage when they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme also strengthens independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

  • or researchers of any nationality with over 7 and up to 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 € 2 million
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal
  • Calls for proposals: published once a year

FOR THE BIG DOG RESEARCHER ONLY (but you need not be a professor): ERC ADVANCED GRANTS:

ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.

The ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right. 

ERC Advanced Grants in brief

  • Research field: any field of science, engineering and scholarship
  • Researchers: any nationality, any age. Applicants must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track-record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal
  • Host Institution: research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries 
  • Funding: up to € 2.5 million per grant
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Calls for proposals: published once a year

 

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