Funding from the European Research Council (ERC)

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The Highest Scientific Honor at the European Level

Since its creation in 2007, the European Research Council, ERC, has funded top researchers to promote excellent fundamental research and visionary projects as well as to develop new interdisciplinary fields of knowledge. The ERC funding programs offer excellent opportunities for top scientific research in all fields of knowledge, while also serving as a sign of excellent. ERC grants are considered the European benchmark for top research.

Each year there are calls open to all topics:

ERC Starting Grant

This funding line targets up-and-coming researchers with two to seven years of experience since completion of their doctoral degree. Exceptions are possible for childcare or longer cases of illness, for example.

A maximum of 1.5 million Euros per project can be requested. Researchers from third countries or whose projects have particular high investment costs, can apply for up to two million Euros with a maximum project duration of five years.

ERC Consolidator Grant

This funding line is designed for researchers with between seven and twelve years of experience since completion of their doctoral degree. In some exceptions, researchers are considered with only six and a half years of experience.
A maximum of two million Euros can be request per project. Researchers from third countries or whose projects have particular high investment costs, can apply for up to 2.75 million Euros with a maximum project duration of five years.

ERC Advanced Grant

The funding line targets exceptional established research leaders. Applicants must have outstanding research performance from the last ten years.

A maximum of 2.5 million Euros per project can be requested. Researchers from third countries or whose projects have particular high investment costs, can apply for up to 3.5 million Euros with a maximum project duration of five years.

ERC Synergy Grant

Groups of two to four outstanding researchers, so called principal investigators, and as necessary, their teams, are eilgible to apply. Up to 15 million Euros can be request for a duration of six years. No Synergy calls are foreseen for 2014 and 2015 due to an analysis of the funding line.

ERC Proof of Concept

This funding line is for ERC grant holders, who would like to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects. The budget encompasses a maximum of 150000 Euros for a duration of up to 18 months.

Support for members of RWTH Aachen

Division 4.2 Research Funding supports and advises reseachers at RWTH Aachen in all project phases, in particular during the application process.

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