Excellent Science

Do you have an excellent idea for basic research and an excellent CV? Then you can apply for one of the prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC). You can find useful hints about ERC proposal writing here.

In the Excellent Science section, you can also apply for funding for infrastructures, for research into Future Emerging Technologies and for mobility (MSCA actions)

The evaluation criteria in the Excellent Science section is the excellence of the applicant and the project.

You are welcome to contact us if you need further information, advice or guidance.

European Research Council (ERC)

You can apply for grants from the European Research Council at any time of your research career.

  • Starting Grants (EUR 1.5 million) can be applied for 2-7 years after
  • Consolidator Grants (EUR 2 million) 7-12 years after PhD degree
  • Advanced grants (EUR 2.5 million) are given to senior research group leaders with significant research achievements and at least ten years of research experience.

The grant period is up to five years. You can apply once a year.

If you already have an ERC grant, you can apply for a Proof of Concept grant if your research has generated results of potential commercial or societal interest. You can apply for a Proof of Concept grant of up to EUR 150,000.

You will find tips that can help you further in your ERC application considerations here.

Read more about the grants and application requirements on the ERC website

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)

If you want to host junior researchers or travel out yourself, the <1}Marie Skłodowska-Curie{2> mobility programme offers a number of opportunities.

The MSCA grants are targeted in particular at furthering the mobility and education of researchers.

Innovative Training Networks (ITN) is a mobility programme to which research institutions can apply, and which is targeted at researchers with less than four years of research experience. The grant period can be up to four years, covering for example living expenses and mobility and accommodation costs.

Individual Fellowships is a mobility programme for researchers with more than four years of research experience. EU and non-EU researchers can apply for a fellowship in an (other) EU country (European fellowships). EU researchers can also apply for a fellowship in a non-EU country (global fellowships). The grant period is one to two years for the European fellowships and two to three years for global fellowships. See a short film with Professor Robert A. Fenton from Dept. of Biomedicine at Aarhus University and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow Qi Wu introduces the most important considerations when supervising and applying for an Individual Fellowships with a potential post doc. Film.

Other MSCA grants are available under the programmes: 'Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)’, ‘COFUND’ (co-funding for mobility programme) and ‘NIGHT’ (the European Researchers’ Night).

Read more about the grants and application requirements on the MSCA website

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

The FET programme focuses on research into new technologies, turning Europe’s excellent science base into a competitive advantage to bring Europe in front and create growth. FET comprises the programmes:

  • FET Open’ which funds research and technology development/innovation of new technologies
  • FET Flagship’ which funds large-scale research and technology development activities
  • FET Proactive’ which promotes interdisciplinary research and innovation partnerships.

The different types of FET grants include Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSA), which are also known from other Horizon 2020 sections.

Read more about the grants and application requirements on the FET website

 

 

Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)

The purpose of the Research Infrastructures programme is to develop the common European research infrastructure. The programme is, among other things, related to European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), which has developed a roadmap with proposals for new European research infrastructures.

Read more about the grants on the Research INFRASTRUCTURES website