The European Research Council (ERC) today launched its fifth call for the ERC Starting Grants, which are designed to support outstanding early-career scientists as they set up or consolidate their independent research teams in Europe.
on how to apply on the ERC Web site. Note, however, that deadlines vary
among disciplines: physical sciences and engineering, 12 October 2011;
life sciences, 9 November 2011; and social sciences and humanities, 24
popular, generating more than 9,000 applications for the 300 or so
grants announced in the first call back in 2007 — a success rate of
abotu 3%. But success rates have been rising, reaching about 15% last
year. The budget for the ERC Starting Grants has been increasing year
after year, reaching €730 million in the latest call. As many as 600
early-career researchers are expected to be funded this year, joining
1,300 scientists who have already been funded under this scheme.