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The European Research Council (ERC) – the first pan-European funding body for frontier research - was set up in 2007 under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7, 2007-2013).
It aims to enhance the dynamic character, creativity and excellence of European research at the frontiers of knowledge.
Through peer reviewed competitions the best researchers are funded to perform their research in Europe.
The ERC is now part of the first pillar - 'Excellent Science' - of Horizon 2020, the new EU Programme for Research and Innovation.

 

  • The ERC represents 17% of the overall Horizon 2020 budget, i.e € 13.1 billion (2014-2020)

  • The total annual ERC budget for 2019 is just over €2 billion

  • Since 2007, more than 9,500 projects have been selected for funding

  • ERC grantees have won prestigious prizes, including 7 Nobel Prizes, 4 Fields Medals, 5 Wolf Prize and more

  • Over 150,000 articles published in scientific journals were reported so far

  • Over 6,100 articles are among the top 1% highly cited according to Scopus data 2018

  • Each ERC grantee employs on average six team members, thus contributing to train a new generation of excellent researchers. Currently over 70,000 postdocs, PhD students and other staff working in their research teams.

  • More than 70-80% of projects assessed by an independent study made scientific breakthroughs or major advances, whilst about 25% of them made contributions that are incremental (latest study).