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The Specific Programme "Ideas" - European Research Council
The Specific Programme "Ideas" is implemented by the European Research Council (ERC) in order to support frontier research in Europe. ERC grants are awarded through open competition to individual scientists, irrespective of origin or nationality, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence of the project as well as of the researcher.
The ERC's strategies as well as its funding and evaluation standards are under the responsibility of the ERC Scientific Council consisting of 22 high-ranking scientists.
The ERC's funding schemes cover all scientific fields without regard for and across all established disciplinary boundaries. In particular, interdisciplinary or pioneering proposals addressing emerging fields and introducing unconventional approaches are encouraged.
The ERC offers four funding schemes as well as one funding initiative:
ERC Starting Grants for promising junior scientists at the beginning of an independent research career
ERC Consolidator Grants for promising scientists who want to consolidate their research career
ERC Advanced Grants for established outstanding scientists
ERC Synergy Grants for research groups of two to four outstanding researchers and their teams
ERC Proof of Concept (Coordination and Support Action, CSA) for establishing the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects
Provisional schedule for the ERC Calls in 2014 under Horizon 2020:
Publication of the ERC Work Programme at the end of 2013
Starting Grants: publication in the first quarter of 2014, deadline in the second quarter of 2014
Consolidator Grants: publication and deadline both in the second quarter of 2014
Advanced Grants: publication and deadline in the fourth quarter of 2014
Synergy Grants: no call in 2013 or 2014
Proof of concept: normal schedule (one call with two deadlines in 2014)
Work Programme Ideas (ERC) 2013 [en]
Contribution from the ERC to the Consultation on EU 2020 [en]