European Starting and Advanced Grant Opportunities
U.S. and international researchers learned about the European Research Council’s funding opportunities for research in Europe.
The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), in cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Contact Point of the European Research Council (ERC), hosted two parallel half-day workshops on the ERC’s Starting Independent Researcher and Advanced Investigators Grants for research talents and exceptional leading researchers looking for funding to conduct their work in Europe.
Participants received hands-on information on application and evaluation procedures, success rates and insider tips from European Research Council representatives and current grant recipients. The ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a research team to start conducting independent research. Grant applications can come from researchers of all nationalities and in all disciplines for up to € 2 million per grant for up to five years. The ERC Advanced Grant supports exceptional established researchers of all nationalities and disciplines with up to € 3.5 million per grant for up to five years.
Following the workshop, Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer presented her neurological research in a historical and humanistic context in a Leibniz Lecture entitled "A Walk Down Memory’s Path." Prof. Monyer is department head of clinical neurobiology at the Universität Heidelberg and received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2009. In 2004, she was awarded a Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award.
Established in 1985, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is conferred by the German Research Foundation, Germany’s central, self-governing research funding organization, for outstanding achievements in research. Worth € 2.5 million, the prize gives recipients the freedom to pursue their own scientific agenda by expanding their research opportunities and relieving them of administrative tasks. In the 25 years since its inception, a total of 280 Leibniz Prizes have been awarded; six of the recipients have also received the Nobel Prize.