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