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Grants for Basic Research Projects which aim at generating new knowledge within a given scientific field.
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GRANTS FOR EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL - STARTING GRANTS
ERC-2013-Stg ERC Starting Grant 2013
ERC Starting Grants are designed to support researchers (Principal Investigators) at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will support independent and excellent new individual research...
It is widely recognised that Europe offers insufficient opportunities for young investigators to develop independent careers and make the transition from working under a supervisor to being independent research leaders in their own right.
This structural problem leads to a dramatic waste of research talent in Europe. It limits or delays the emergence of the nextgeneration
of researchers, who bring new ideas and energy, and it encourages highly talented researchers at an early stage of their career to seek advancement elsewhere, either in other professions or as researchers outside Europe.
The ERC is committed to making a sustained investment on the scale necessary to have a real impact on European science and scholarship.
Since 2010, the Starting Grant has been streamed allowing applicants to be compared with researchers of a similar level. Broadly speaking, Starters are usually still in the process of setting up their own research group, while Consolidators are very often already working
with their own group, but need to consolidate it.