Special ERC initiative

The ST Research Committee has decided to relaunch the special ERC initiative aimed at recruiting talented young researchers from abroad.

2017.04.27 | Camilla Nissen Toftdal

The departments and centres are 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 2017. 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) 2018.

Expected ERC deadlines:

  • ERC StG medio October 2017
  • ERC CoG start February 2018

Potential external applicants for ERC StG should be invited to come to AU by September 2017 at the latest. Potential applicants for ERC CoG can be invited to come to AU up to and including December 2017.

There will be arranged individual programmes in collaboration between the departments, the Dean’s Office and the Research Support Unit (FSE). In addition to time in the relevant research groups, the programme 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 answer questions regarding budget, formalities, and offers supplementary reading of applications and interviewing tests.

Short applications (max. 1 page) about granting pool funds for financing a special ERC programme to be submitted and granted on an ongoing basis. For ERC StG applicants by Thursday 31 August 2017 at the latest. For ERC CoG applicants by Friday 29 September 2017 at the latest. Applications must be submitted to and approved by the head of department. Applications will be processed continually by a committee appointed by the ST Research Committee.

Applications must contain:

  • Updated CV,
  • A general outline of the project. Should render it probable that the relevant researcher wish to develop his/her career at AU (i.e. based on relevant infrastructure, particular data or unique research environment).
  • A budget for anticipated expenses in relation to the stay

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.

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 mio. 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 mio. 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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