Notes to editors
The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research.
Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.
The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of the 'Ideas Programme' of the European Union's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).
The ERC Scientific Council sets the scientific policy of the ERC. It acts on behalf of the scientific community in Europe to promote creativity and innovative research. It directs the scientific strategy and establishes methodologies and procedures for the peer review evaluation of proposals and the scientific reporting and monitoring. The Scientific Council members are appointed by the European Commission, on the recommendations of an independent Identification Committee.
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