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15-05-2017

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 Building on a European success story to further empower European researchers

The current EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, of which the European Research Council (ERC) is a prominent part, will run until the end of 2020. The European Commission will therefore soon start elaborating a proposal for the next Framework Programme.

In this context, the ERC Scientific Council is today releasing a statement setting out its vision on the ERC's place in the next Framework Programme. It states:

In the space of ten years, the European Research Council (ERC) has become a real European success story. Its original set-up and governance add a new dimension to the European Union (EU) Framework Programmes, and the funding it provides for the best investigator-driven frontier research complements national efforts. The EU should build on this achievement and scale up the ERC. Beyond 2021, Europe needs to increase its overall investment in research and innovation to speed up its progress towards becoming a dynamic knowledge society, empowering researchers to develop their boldest ideas as broadly as possible.

Read the full statement