ERC announces its 2016 budget and grant competitions

Fonte: European Research Council

erclogoThe European Commission adopted yesterday the ERC Work Programme 2016. The programme, established by the ERC Scientific Council, foresees €1.67 billion for grants to top researchers from anywhere in the world who are ready to come or to stay in Europe to pursue their breakthrough ideas.

Within the new series of competitions, the ERC has opened today the first one, the call for Starting Grants 2016, with a budget of €485 million and deadline of 17 November 2015. This scheme is open to researchers with 2 to 7 years of experience since completion of PhD and a promising scientific track record.

Other grant competitions will follow according to the work programme’s calendar: on 15 October 2015 opens the call for Consolidator Grants (for mid-career researchers, with deadline of 2 February 2016) and on 24 May 2016 the call for Advanced Grants (for established research leaders, deadline of 1 September 2016).

ERC grant holders can also apply for “Proof of Concept” grants, a top-up scheme to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC-funded projects. There will be three rounds of this call in 2016.

Among other actions, the work programme introduces a new action to widen participation in ERC competitions: a support to a consortium of formally nominated ERC National Contact Points (NCPs) to identify and share good practices and raise the quality of support to applicants.

Compared to last year, the main novelty for ERC applicants is a relative “softening” of the resubmission rules. Applicants who scored B at step 2 of the evaluation in the last call will be able to reapply immediately, while under the 2015 work programme they had to wait for one year. There are also new restrictions for applications from applicants whose proposals have been rejected on grounds of breach of research integrity.

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