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IDEAS- The European Research Council (ERC)
Budget: €7 510 million (2007 - 2013)
The "Ideas" programme, implemented through the European Research Council (ERC), will boost Europe's competitiveness by helping to attract and retain the most talented scientists, supporting risk-taking and high-impact research, and promoting world-class scientific research in new, fast emerging fields.
What's the benefit for citizens:
Countries with leading-edge research are best positioned to deliver a better quality of life to
their citizens, while maintaining their economic position and advancing their global
What's the benefit for researchers:
The ERC will have a unique position as a pan-European funding organisation designed to support the best science and scholarship across all fields of research through open and direct competition. It is expected to reinforce Europe's dynamic character, making it more attractive to leading scientists from both Europe and third countries, as well as for industrial investment. Two types of the ERC grant will be available, both operating on a "bottom-up" basis without predetermined priorities, across all fields of research:
What's the benefit for industry and SMEs:
Projects will be funded on the basis of proposals presented by researchers both from the private
and public sectors on subjects of their choice and evaluated on the sole criterion of excellence
as judged by peer review.