ERC Starting Grants (StG) and ERC Consolidator Grants (CoG) 2017

The ST Research Committee has decided to launch a special ERC pilot initiative aimed at recruiting talented young researchers from abroad.

04.07.2016 | Maya Jepsen

The departments and centres are therefore encouraged to identify potential talented candidates from abroad, where Science and Technology (ST) could benefit from inviting them to a special individually planned programme in autumn 2016. The aim is to build closer ties and to prepare an ERC application with Aarhus University (AU) as the host institution. The initiative targets potential applicants for ERC Starting Grants (StG) and ERC Consolidator Grants (CoG) 2017.

The announced application deadlines for ERC Grants 2017 are: ERC StG 18 October 2016 (notice to be published on 29 July) and ERC CoG 9 February 2017 (notice to be published on 15 October). We are therefore quite late, but we expect a similar initiative next year.

Potential external applicants for ERC StG should therefore be identified as soon as possible and invited to come to AU by September 2016 at the latest. Potential applicants for ERC CoG can be invited to come to AU up to and including December 2016.

The plan is to arrange individual programmes in collaboration between the departments, the Dean’s Office and the Research Support Unit (FSE). In addition to including time in the relevant research groups, the programmes will involve an opportunity for feedback from Professor Mogens Nielsen (ERC Panel Chair), Professor Søren Rud Keiding (Vice-Dean for Research) and possibly former ST grant recipients in related subject areas. FSE will also be available for questions regarding the budget, formalities and supplementary reading of applications.

Short applications (max. 1 page) about granting pool funds for financing a special ERC programme to be submitted and granted on an ongoing basis, but by Wednesday 31 August 2016 at the latest for ERC StG applicants and by Friday 30 September 2016 at the latest for ERC CoG applicants. Applications must be approved by the head of department and submitted to: maj@au.dk. Incoming applications will be processed continually by a committee appointed by the ST Research Committee.

Applications must be accompanied by an updated CV, include a general outline of the project, and should render it probable that the relevant researchers will want to develop their careers at AU (possibly based on relevant infrastructure, particular data or unique research environment).

Funds may be used to finance travel and subsistence expenses, as well as any other applicable expenses for activities related to the stay. Grants will cover a stay of maximum 5 days. Applications must be accompanied by a budget for anticipated expenses.


Information: ERC Grants

StG is awarded to promising and talented young researchers up to between two years and seven years following completion of a PhD degree. Grants of up to EUR 1.5 million are awarded for frontier research projects for a five-year period. CoG is awarded to promising and talented young researchers and research directors up to between seven years and twelve years following completion of a PhD degree. Grants of up to EUR 2 million are awarded for frontier research projects for a five-year period. The researcher can come from all over the world, but the research project itself must be carried out in an EU country.

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