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EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

OUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS:

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FUNDING FOR TOP-RESEARCHERS FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of Horizon 2020, the European Union's Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020.

Being 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility.

Ultimately, the ERC aims to make the European research base more prepared to respond to the needs of a knowledge-based society and provide Europe with the capabilities in frontier research necessary to meet global challenges.

ERC IN A NUTSHELL
The ERC aims to:

Support the best of the best in Europe across all fields of science, scholarship and engineering
Promote wholly investigator-driven, or 'bottom-up' frontier research
Encourage the work of the established and next generation of independent top research leaders in Europe
Reward innovative proposals by placing emphasis on the quality of the idea rather than the research area
Raise the status and visibility of European frontier research and the very best researchers of today and tomorrow

What is 'frontier research' and what are its benefits?

Today the distinction between 'basic' and 'applied' research has become blurred, due to the fact that emerging areas of science and technology often cover substantial elements of both. As a result, the term 'frontier research' was coined for ERC activities since they will be directed towards fundamental advances at and beyond the 'frontier' of knowledge.

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