€683 million from ERC to fund life sciences research in 2013

26th Jul 2012

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that it plans to award around €683 million to fund life sciences research projects across Europe in 2013.

A total budget of €1.75 billion was announced by the European Commission to support projects funded by the European Research Council in 2013. Open to independent researchers of any age or career stage, the new ERC calls are meant to help top scientists from all fields (Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences & Humanities) to produce the very best cutting-edge science and to affirm Europe's place as a world class destination for research. It is estimated that this funding will support around 900 excellent researchers in 2013 (each employing a further 6 team members on average). It is part of the European Commission's final, and biggest, call for proposals for research projects under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).


Two new major features are introduced in this year's calls:

The existing "ERC Starting Grant" (aimed at outstanding researchers who are establishing their first research teams or programmes) will be split into two calls: the "ERC Starting Grant" (StG) for researchers with at least 2 and up to 7 years after their PhD and the "ERC Consolidator Grant" (CoG) for researchers with over 7 and up to 12 years after their PhD.

There will now be one single deadline for each call, instead of different deadlines for each of the three scientific domains, as there has been in the past.

The ERC's budget will be split between each of the three scientific domains as follows: Physical Sciences and Engineering (44%), Life Sciences (39%) and Social Sciences & Humanities (17%).

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