2012 ERC starter grants

The European Research Council on 20 July opened its fifth call for proposals for the ERC Starting Grants, targeted at early-career (2 to 12 years of post-doctoral experience) researchers of any nationality, working in, or moving to work in, host institutions in Europe.
The total budget for this call amounts to €730 million, an increase of just over 10% from last year. The call will fund 500 to 600 outstanding researchers.
With up to €2 million per grant for up to five  years, the scheme targets researchers  – ERC grants are indeed one of the main EU instruments to address the “brain drain” and to attract and retain the best researchers of any nationality.
The three domain deadlines:
Physical Sciences and Engineering: 12 October 2011
Life Sciences: 9 November 2011
Social Sciences and Humanities: 24 November 2011

1 Response to “2012 ERC starter grants”

  1. August 18, 2011 at 16:21

    The ERC seems to be professionnaly run. All in all, it appears that it was a good intitiative of the EU to provide support for bright European academics/researchers !
    Dr Georges Haour

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This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of two projects led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

The first project, called Crossroads, brings together a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are hoping to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years and to understand how population movements and craft techniques shaped the area's past.

The second project, called Cowries, examines the money cowrie, a shell which served as currency, ritual object and ornament across the world for millennia, and in medieval times most especially in the Maldive Islands of the Indian Ocean and the Sahelian regions of West Africa. We hope to understand how this shell was sourced and used in those two areas.

These investigations are funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7) and by the Leverhulme Trust as a Research Project Grant. The opinions posted here are however Anne Haour's own!

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