With more than 2 EUR billion for grants in 2019, the European Research Council (ERC) is planning the EU's biggest ever investment in excellent researchers. Most of the funding is earmarked for early- to mid-career scientists. The ERC's work programme for 2019 was established by the Scientific Council as part of the EU's Research and Innovation funding programme 'Horizon 2020'.
The new highlight of the ERC calls for 2019 is that for the first time, one Principal Investigator per Synergy Grant group, at any one time, can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the European Union or Countries Associated Countries, thus in India. With this new option, ERC becomes even more 'Open to the World'.
For more details (eligibility, how to apply and more) about the different grants, kindly visit https://erc.europa.eu/
It is expected that some 1000 talented researchers will be awarded ERC grants under four core schemes – Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy, allowing them to pursue their ambitious research projects. The funding will support an estimated 7,000 postdocs, PhD students and other research staff employed in ERC-funded teams.
The European Research Council set up by the European Union in 2007, funds excellent frontier research. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality (including Indians) and age, to engage in projects based research in Europe. It offers four core grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants. With its additional Proof of Concept grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between grantees' pioneering research and early phases of its commercialisation.
Since 2007, more than 40 Indian principal investigators have so far received ERC grants. In addition, about 1,000 researchers who have been part of ERC teams, and thus benefited from ERC grants, are Indians.