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4 Septenber 2009 - ERC Starting Grant - Life Science official results

30 July 2009 - Work Programme 2010 and new call for starting grant proposals published

2 July 2009 - ERC appoints new secretary general
Prof. Andreu Mas-Colell is the new ERC Secretary General.

18 May 2009 - Second ERC Advanced Grant call closes
The ERC received 512 proposals in the 'Life Sciences' domain.

2 April 2009 - ERC Review Panel launches consultation
The recently established ERC Review Panel, chaired by Professor Vaira Vike-Freiberga, launched an open consultation seeking the views of representative organisations in European science on the structures and mechanisms of the ERC. The panel welcomes inputs before 24 April 2009.

12 December 2008 - Second Starting Grant competition closed
The second ERC Starting Grant competition attracted 927 proposals in the domain of 'Life Sciences', which closed on 10 December 2008.

19 November 2008 - ERC Advanced Grant call published
The ERC publishes the second call for the ERC Advanced Investigators Grant. The deadline for applications to the life science research domain is 6 May 2009. There will be a two steps evaluation following a single submission of a full proposal.
Important notice: the guide for applicants for this call will be available mid December

14 October 2008 - ERC Advanced Grant - Life Science offical results (updated 06/11/08)
The ERC publishes the official results of the first Advanced Grant competition in the Life Science domain. Out of the 766 application received, 84 Advanced Grant winners have been selected.

7 October 2008, Paris, France - ERC Starting Grant winners Conference - The European Research Council for a policy of excellence: the first award winners pave the way.

24 July 2008 - ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant call published. The deadline for applications to the Life sciences research domain is 10 December 2008. There will be a two steps evaluation following a single submission of a full proposal. Applicants must have 3 to 8 years experience after their PhD.
You are an early career independent researchers of any nationality with:
• a scientifi c track record showing great promise
• a ground breaking research proposal
• 3-8 years experience since completion of PhD
• a host organisation based in an EU Member State, an Associated Country, or being an International European Interest Organisation
››››› Apply for an ERC Starting Grant

26 June 2008 - First Advanced Grants statistics published. In total, the ERC received 2167 proposals: 766 in the domain of "Life Sciences and Medicine", 997 in "Physical Sciences and Engineering" and 404 in "Social Science and Humanities". The applicants represent 50 nationalities and are linked to host institutions in 36 different countries. 14% of applicants are women. The average age is 52 years. The proposals are currently evaluated. Results are expected to be published in the fall.

15 May 2008 - Signing of the first ERC Starting Grants. The ERC announces that the first ERC Starting Grants are now being issued. The complete budget for this Starting Grant competition is ca. €335 million, which means that at least 297 proposals will be funded. It is expected that most of the grant agreements will have been sent for signing by the end of June.

25 April 2008 - The ERC announces that 766 proposals were submitted in the domain of "Life Sciences and Medicine" in the first call for ERC Advanced Grants.

28 March 2008 - Financial support from the national level to ERC Starting Grant finalists (updated 19/06/2008)
France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden have launched national initiatives to provide financial support to ERC Starting Grant finalists who cannot be funded by the ERC

24 January 2008 - ERC Starting Grant results - Offical lists (updated 08/05/2008)
The ERC publishes the official results of the first Starting Grant competition. The document includes the ‘priority list’ of the 201 successful Starting Grant applicants, as well as the ‘reserve list’ of 229 proposals. The ERC expects that about 300 proposals will be funded.


14 December 2007 - ERC Starting Grants - Outcome results
The ERC announces that about 300 early-career researchers will receive grants. The first grants will be signed in February 2008.
The successfull candidates represent 32 nationalities, based in some 170 host institutions in 21 different countries. The average age of the grantees is 35 and 26 percent are women.
The next Starting Grant call is expected to be published by the summer of 2008, with an expected closing date in autumn 2008.

21 November 2007 - ERC Advanced Grants - 1st call for proposals and 2008 Work Programme
The ERC unveiles the details of the Advanced Grant scheme. Depending on the nature of the research, the grants may be up to 3.5 million euro for a period of 5 years. Applicants should be active researchers and have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. A single submission of a full proposal will be followed by a two-step evaluation. Approximately 300 grants will be awarded. For the life science subject area, the submission deadline is 22 April 2008.

1 October 2007 - Stage 1 Starting Grant competition: Interim results
The ERC publishes detailed statistical information on the applications made to the first ERC Starting grants competition (nationality, gender, age, years after PhD, country of residence of the PIs, country of host institution, etc.)
Of the 9167 applications submitted, 8794 were eligible and peer reviewed, among which 3396 (37%) in Life Sciences. In total 559 applications were selected for the 2nd stage (206 in Life Sciences).  The 2nd stage evaluation process is currently under way. It is expected that more than 250 grants will be financed.

31 August 2007 - ERC Scientific Council replies to the EC green paper on ERA
The Scientific Council recommends that the European Commission:
- implement fully and properly an autonomous ERC according to the established legislation;
- extend the principles of autonomous management and governance to other areas;
- increase research resources in Europe;
- improve the efficiency and complementarity of European research and training schemes and promote their synergies with robust national programmes ;
- improve the connections between frontier research and innovation.

26 July 2007 - ERC Starting Grants - first stage evaluation process concluded
The ERC annonces that out of the 9 167 proposals submitted for the ERC Starting Grants, 559 have been selected for the second stage of the peer review evaluation process. The sucessfull candidates are now invited to submit a full proposal by 17 September 2007.

22 June 2007 - 2007 Starting Grant competition: State of Evaluation
The final panel meetings for stage 1 evaluation of the ERC Starting Grants proposals will be held in June/July. The applicants retained for stage 2 will be shortly informed and invited to submit a stage 2 full proposal by 17 Septembre 2007.

4 June 2007 -  ERC Statement on the 2007 Starting Grant competition
A first analysis of the proposals submitted indicates that 37% are in the broad domain "Life sciences" (to which 40% of the budget was pre-allocated), 80% of the applicants are from from EU15 and 83% of the the host institutions are located in EU15. Overseas applicants account for 3.2%.

26 April 2007- Impressive demand for first European Research Council grants
The ERC announces that 9167 proposals have been submitted by young researchers to the call for ERC Starting Grants, qualifying it as an “impressive demand”. The names of the ERC Starting Grant panel members are also published, as well as the model grant agreement.


Following the recommendations of the Initiative for Science in Europe - of which EPSO is a member, along with national academies and many others, the European Research Council was created last year. It is the operational body of the FP7's Ideas programme. The ERC consists of the Science Council, the Secretary General and a dedicated Implementation structure. The Science Council has 22 eminent researchers as members and is chaired by Fotis Kafatos, the former director-general of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. The ERC was launched officially on 27 February, 2007, in Berlin. Its total budget is €7.5 billion.

The fundamental principle for all ERC activities is that of stimulating investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.


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