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17 Aug 2017

ERC announces grants budget of nearly € 2 billion for 2018

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced its 2018 budget for grant competitions, which will amount to a total of around €1.86 billion. Most of this funding is earmarked for early- to mid-career researchers. In addition, the ERC is reintroducing Synergy Grants, the funding scheme for groups of two to four scientists who jointly address ambitious research problems. The ERC's Work Programme, established by the ERC Scientific Council, was pre-announced on 19 July, and adopted by the European Commission on 2 August 2017.

Building on the experience of the 2012 and 2013 pilot competitions, the ERC Scientific Council has reintroduced Synergy Grants for groups of two to four excellent principal investigators. The grants may be awarded for up to €10 million for 6 years. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to give support to close collaborative interactions that will enable transformative research, cross-fertilising disciplines and capable of yielding ground-breaking scientific results.

The first Starting Grants and Synergy Grants competitions for 2018 opened on 3 August 2017, with other competitions to follow.

For more information and the indicative calendar for competitions see ERC - News


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