"The ERC could become a Champions' League for research", Angela Merkel said in 2007, when the European Research Council (ERC) was launched in Berlin. Expectations for the newly funded ERC were very high. Now, 10 years later, the ERC has exceeded all expectations: Some 7 000 research leaders and over 50 000 team members have received a total of €12 billion in funding. 6 Nobel Prizes and 4 Field Medals have been awarded to ERC grantees. Some 100 000 articles have been published in scientific journals, including 5 500 articles in the top 1% most-cited scientific journals. What impresses me most is that, thanks to the ERC, Europe has surpassed the USA in the number of most-cited publications in the top 1%.
But only using statistics to describe its success would not do the ERC justice. The ERC has changed the European research landscape dramatically in many aspects. It has inspired many countries to create their own national research councils, has influenced their national research funding programmes and has become a model for funding high-risk research. A recent ERC project highlight was the discovery by an ERC Advanced grantee of 7 potentially inhabitable planets.
We all know that the ERC is also a great success in Switzerland. Researchers in Switzerland have won more than 500 grants, worth around €1 billion, and have the highest overall success rate of any country.
We truly hope that the ERC success story (or should we say: love story?), both in Europe and in Switzerland, will continue for many years. Happy Birthday, ERC!
Katja Wirth, National Contact Point ERC and member of the Management Board
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
10 Years of ERC: A European Success Story
"ERC grants led to many scientific breakthroughs, such as the recent discovery of potentially inhabitable planets beyond the solar system. There is ample proof that the ERC is fulfilling the mission it was given to make Europe the place to be for the world's best brains," said Prof. Bourguignon, ERC President.
The Swiss Quantum Technology players are pooling their forces to get ready for the future FET Flagship initiative on quantum technologies. Do not hesitate to become an endorser! By endorsing the document "Switzerland at the Quantum Crossroads", you will give it more visibility and support this important initiative.
Participation in Climate Calls Remains High
A total of 401 proposals were submitted to the 2017 calls in Societal Challenge 5 by the deadline of 8 March 2017. The budget for these calls is €341 million, which corresponds to an increase of about 20% compared to the 333 proposals received for the 2016 calls of the same Work Programme.
European Research Council Infographic
For the past 10 years, some 7 000 top researchers in Europe have been supported by the ERC to expand the frontiers of our knowledge and draw us nearer to solutions. Visualise this achievement and more at one glance.
ICT Proposers' Day 2017 for Work Programme 2018-20
The largest annual information and networking event on the Horizon 2020 ICT Work Programme is back! The 2018-20 Work Programme will be presented in Budapest on 9 and 10 November 2017. Save the date!
Stakeholder Database for "Science with and for Society"
The SiS.net Stakeholder Database provides information about the large and diverse "Science with and for Society" (SwafS) community. Interested stakeholders are welcome to register.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Transnational Call for Proposals on Radiation Protection Research
The European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research (CONCERT) has launched its second transnational call for proposals to support innovative research projects in radioprotection. Deadline: 02.05.2017
Clean Sky 2 – 6th Call for Proposals Opens
The largest call for proposals ever launched by Clean Sky 2 is now open. The 74 topics with funding of €68.8 million are published on the Participant Portal. Deadline: 21.06.2017
IMI2 Call 11 Indicative Topics Online
The Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI 2) programme aims to develop next-generation vaccines, medicines and treatments. The list of topics under consideration for Call 11 is now available online. Final topic texts have been published on 5 April 2017. Deadline: 18.07.2017
Secure Societies Open Calls
Security topics in the following fields have been open since 1 March 2017: Critical Infrastructure Protection, Disaster-Resilience, Fight against Crime and Terrorism, Border Security and External Security, Digital Security. Deadline: 24.08.2017
Science with and for Society
On 4 May 2017, Science with and for Society topics in various fields will open, among others "Institutional Change to Support Responsible Research and Innovation in Research Performing and Funding Organisations". Deadline: 30.08.2017
MSCA COFUND Call Opens
The COFUND scheme aims to foster excellence in researcher training, mobility and career development by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes. The call opened on 5 April 2017. Deadline: 28.09.2017
Euresearch Companies Website Update
The revised Euresearch webpages dedicated to companies provide support for businesses interested in Horizon 2020. Find the right solution for your company's needs and obtain information on the advantages of European projects for business, SME innovation, best practices, success stories and more.
Testimonials and Success Stories from Businesses
Swiss companies from very diverse industries and areas of expertise are successfully working in European R&D projects. Do you want to learn more about individual stories? Then have a look at a few examples online.
Basic Training on EU RDI Opportunities
This event provides newcomers with a general overview of European programmes and supporting initiatives for RDI. The aim is to help participants decide if and which European RDI programmes or initiatives are suited to their needs and capacities.
MSCA COFUND Information Event
COFUND fosters researcher training, mobility and career development by co-funding doctoral or fellowship programmes. Dr Craig (Head of Sector for COFUND) will give insight into the objectives and implementation of COFUND. A coordinator and a fellow will also share their experiences. 04.05.2017, Bern
Swiss Quantum Day
Quantum-based technologies have gained attention and investments in the past years and are impacting the vibrant Swiss research and innovation community in this area. Swiss Quantum Day will present the future European FET Flagship initiative on quantum technology. 04.05.2017, Bern
What is the "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" (SEWP) programme about? This webinar will give you background information on SEWP and highlight upcoming calls. 15.05.2017, online
Cyber Security Information Event
This information and networking event provides information on the contractual Public-Private Partnership and the related cybersecurity topics in Horizon 2020. 16.05.2017, Bern
Finance in Horizon 2020
This two-day workshop, given by Paul Drath of Singleimage, will explain the Horizon 2020 funding rules, from budgets to eligible costs and from cash flow to audits. 12.-13.06.2017, Bern
FET-Open Information Day
Get ready for your next FET-Open proposal (deadline: 27 September 2017) and collect tips and tricks at the FET-Open Information Day. If you cannot attend in person, the event will also be web-streamed. 27.04.2017, Brussels
Horizon 2020 and FinTech at ICT Spring
How do you leverage Horizon 2020 funding for your FinTech project? Visit us at ICT Spring in Luxembourg, where we will present the Horizon 2020 ICT possibilities for the FinTech domain. Discount vouchers are available upon request.
Brokerage Event at EUREKA Innovation Week
Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings offer the opportunity to find potential technology and business partners for innovative projects in the fields of ICT, New Materials, Energy, Smart Cities & Transport, and Life Sciences. 16-18.05.2017, Barcelona