Since their establishment in 2007, more than 100 researchers from Inserm have been awarded grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Dedicated to exploratory research, these grants are awarded on the basis of a single selection criterion: scientific excellence.
The European Research Council (ERC) programme is one of the schemes in the Excellent Science section of Horizon 2020, the European Union programme of funding for research and innovation. It is a non-thematic scientific programme dedicated to exploratory research, with the only selection criterion being scientific excellence.
Inserm is strongly involved in this programme, and encourages its researchers to apply. The latter can get help and support from the Inserm ERC Unit. Inserm has also put in place support sessions to help applicants for Starting and Consolidator Grants from the ERC to prepare for their interviews, in partnership with its Aviesan partners.
This programme offers four types of individual grants, worth €1.5-3.5 million per researcher, for a period of 5 years:
- Starting Grants, for young researchers, two to seven years after obtaining a PhD
- Consolidator Grants, for young researchers, seven to twelve years after obtaining a PhD. These grants enable young scientists to build their research teams. They support high-risk scientific projects on ambitious subjects.
- Advanced Grants, intended for established researchers. These grants are designed to enable established researchers, recognised as exceptional leaders, to propose a subject that breaks away from their current research activities, in order to open up new perspectives.
- Proof of Concept , to support commercialisation. These grants are reserved for who have previously obtained an ERC grant (Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant). They make it possible to exploit results obtained during the initial period of ERC funding.
Synergy Grant is design for teams of two to four researchers and their groups to jointly conduct ambitious research projects, regardless of their career advancement. This programme offers to finance exploratory research projects over a period of up to 6 years with a budget of €10 million.