Celebrating 8 ERC grants at Tilburg University

To honour the 8 ERC (European Research Council) winners at Tilburg University the Rector Magnificus invited them and their vice-deans of Research for a celebratory lunch. The winners had the opportunity to express their views and experiences on winning the grant and the effort that this takes. The Rector was very interested to hear in what the University can do (more) to support applicants during the process of acquiring an individual grant such as the ERC.

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. Researchers can apply for 3 grants: ERC Starter
(€1.500.000), ERC Consolidator (€2.000.000) or ERC Advanced Grants

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
channeled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree
of flexibility. ERC grants are awarded through open competition to
projects headed by starting and established researchers,
irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in
Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The
aim here is to recognize the best ideas, and confer status and
visibility on the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent
from abroad.

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