ERC Grants 2019: here are the new features
The 2019 budget for the European Research Council (ERC) Grants amounts to over 2 billion euro, as specified in the new Work Programme published on the ERC website.
With this budget, ERC is planning the European biggest ever investment in excellent science.
Most of the funding is earmarked for early- to mid-career scientists. It is estimated that some 1,000 excellent researchers will be awarded ERC grants.
The funding will support 7,000 postdocs, PhD students and other researchers involved in research teams.
Below are the new features of the 2019 Work Programme:
- Synergy Grants. 400 million euro will be made available, a 60% increase on last year’s budget. For the first time this year, one Principal Investigator per group at any one time can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the European Union or Associated Countries.
- Proof of Concept (PoC). 25 million will be available to ERC beneficiaries to explore the innovation potential of their discoveries, with a 5 million euro increase on the budget compared to last year. In addition, the ERC is piloting the use of lump sums as a simplified funding mode for Proof of Concept grants.
- Open Access. The Work Programme now clarifies that preprints can be listed as part of an applicant’s track record, if they are properly referenced and either a link to the preprint or a DOI is provided. With this clarification, the ERC intends to recognize the role that preprints play in frontier science.
Set up in 2007, the European Research Council is the first European funding organization for excellent frontier research.
Every year, the ERC selects the best and most creative researchers of any nationality and age to carry out projects in Europe, supporting them through four funding schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants. With the additional Proof of Concept scheme, ERC grants help bridge the gap between pioneering research and the early phases of its commercialization.