ERC advice – EU research funding and ERC applications

Research and science lay the foundation for the successful development of new technologies. However, the opportunity to develop new ideas as part of a research project and ultimately to implement them depends on the available financial and institutional resources. The European Commission’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, enables scientists throughout Europe and beyond to initiate new projects.

Since there is a whole range of funding opportunities for different project ideas, it is especially important to identify the right type of funding for your research from the measures available. Furthermore, EU money for research and innovation projects is in great demand and consequently there is always fierce competition for these funds. It is therefore particularly important that scientists receive individual advice. Our contact for EU research, Andrea Stockero, helps scientists apply for Horizon 2020 funding. Her work focuses especially on grants from the European Research Council, ERC for short. Our support not only comprises the search for suitable funding formats and advice during project planning, but also assistance in making applications, negotiating contracts, and during the entire project implementation phase.

ERC funding includes several programmes with different target groups: ERC Starting Grants target early-career scientists whose doctoral degrees were conferred between two and seven years ago. ERC Consolidator Grants provide funding for researchers who have already achieved initial scientific achievements in the seven to twelve years after completing their doctorate. The grants help them to establish and consolidate their own research groups in order to implement an outstanding project in (application-oriented) basic research. A third programme known as Advanced Grants has been set up for established leading principal investigators.

Contact:
EU Research Contact/JARA-ERC
Andrea Stockero
Tel.: +49 2461 61-96807 (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
Fax: +49 2461 61-1816
Tel.: +49 241 80-92351 (RWTH Aachen)
Fax: +49 241 80-92490
E-Mail: erc@jara.org