There is good news for the research community: The European Research Council (ERC) has re-launched the Synergy Grant scheme. ERC Synergy Grants enable a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 principal investigators (PIs) and their teams to bring together complementary skills and knowledge in new ways, in order to jointly address ambitious research questions.
This funding scheme was introduced in 2012 and 2013 as a pilot. The research community was enthusiastic, the success rate, however, was very low: only 1.5% in 2012 and 3% in 2013. In the following years, the ERC Scientific Council made a thorough assessment of the pilot scheme and the outcome was clearly in favour of a re-launch.
The 2018 Synergy Grant call is now open, with a deadline of 14 November 2017. The objective of this highly competitive scheme is to promote substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, to cross-fertilise scientific fields, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations. The call has a budget of €250 million and 25-30 grants are expected to be awarded. The maximum budget per project is €10 million, with the possibility of an additional €4 million in exceptional cases. There are no restrictions (nor a higher or lower success rate) regarding the location of the 2-4 PIs within Europe, including Associated Countries – they can be located in different countries or even in the same building.
Interested in learning more? Euresearch is organising a National Information Event on the Synergy Grant on 22 August 2017 in Bern.
Katja Wirth, National Contact Point ERC and Member of the Euresearch Management Board
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
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SUPERTWIN is a 3-year Horizon 2020 project that aims to build the world’s first quantum microscope able to make precision images of samples that are currently impossible to capture. This new technology will open the way for compact, portable, super-resolution microscope systems. Read more about this Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open project in our latest Success Story!
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
All the Individual Fellowship applicant training workshops are over but the online tutorial is still available. This tutorial will support you in preparing your proposal. If you are applying with a Swiss host institution, please get in touch with your National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions to ask for access. As a reminder, the submission deadline is 14 September 2017.
Key Findings from the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation
In its first 3 years, Horizon 2020 has attracted more than 100 000 applications, involving top-level participants from the higher education, research and private sectors. A total of €20.4 billion has been allocated to over 11 000 grants. More details on where we stand at this point can be found in the interim evaluation report.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
EDCTP2 Calls 2017
European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs and vaccines against poverty-related infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2017 call for proposals is worth approximately €153 million and will support clinical research and related activities. Deadlines: September-November 2017
Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 - Calls 11 and 12 Open
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) has now launched Calls 11 and 12. Call 11 is a single-stage call for proposals and includes 1 topic on the exploitation of previous IMI project results. Call 12 is a standard, 2-stage call for proposals and includes 7 topics covering a range of diseases and subjects. Deadline: 24.10.2017
ERC Starting Grant 2018
ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent principal investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team. Up to €1.5 million is available for projects of up to 5 years duration. Deadline: 17.10.2017
ERC Synergy Grant 2018
ERC Synergy Grants enable a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 principal investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address ambitious research questions. Deadline: 14.11.2017
Euresearch Services to Companies Interested in the SME Instrument
Euresearch offers all Swiss companies information, advice and proposal review for the SME Instrument and has advisors in Bern and other regions all over Switzerland. More information can be found on the Euresearch "Innovation in SMEs" webpage.
Focus on the First SME Instrument Winners in Switzerland
The 4 Swiss SME Instrument Phase 1 champions offer great examples of innovative projects in the feasibility assessment phase. The abstracts and details of each of these projects can be found on the online map of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)!
Basic Training on EU RDI Opportunities
This event provides newcomers with a general overview of European opportunities for research, development and innovation. The aim is to help participants determine which programmes or supporting initiatives are best suited to their needs and capacities. 05.09.2017, Bern
Info Event - Upcoming Climate Calls
Receive the latest information on the 2018-2020 calls in the Horizon 2020 Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials", which aims to support the realisation of the U.N. Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. Also discuss your specific questions with the National Contact Point. 14.09.2017, Bern
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Net4Society Conference: Democracy and Europe
Net4society, the international network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 6 on inclusive societies, is organising a conference on democracy and Europe. Conference attendance is free of charge but seating is limited. 30.-31.10.2017, Lisbon
ICT Proposers' Day 2017
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