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How to maximise impact from your ERC grant

April 14 2016

The European Research Council has just announced the full list of 2015 ERC Advanced Grant laureates: 277 senior research leaders will benefit from €647 million of funding. Congratulations! To date, the ERC has funded some 6,000 top researchers at various stages of their careers. Did you know that the ERC offers an additional scheme for ERC grant holders that will enable you to explore the innovation potential of your work?

The ERC offers three core funding schemes that are all about scientific quality aiming for excellence; the  Starting Grant (2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD), Consolidator Grant (7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD) and Advanced Grant (significant achievement in the last 10 years). In addition, the ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) scheme aims to bridge the gap between research and marketable innovation.

The European Research Council (ERC) launched the new funding initiative in March 2011, open to researchers who have already been awarded an ERC grant (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy). The ERC grant holders can apply for this additional funding in order to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects. The funding will cover activities at the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial or socially valuable proposition, i.e. the initial steps of pre-competitive development.

The ERC PoC funding is made available only to those who already have an ERC awarded to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. The maximum duration of the ERC PoC Grants is up to 18 months and a maximum of EUR 150.000 may be awarded (100% funding). The next deadlines are 26 May 2016 and 4 Oct 2016.

At ttopstart we aim to empower biomedical researchers and entrepreneurs to establish breakthroughs. In recent years we have been very successful in obtaining ERC PoC applications (90% success rate). Our best practices have been summarised in a free SlideShare presentation. Interested in learning more about the ERC PoC, or are you perhaps thinking about applying for one of the other schemes?  Feel free to contact us to discuss your possibilities and chances!

For the official ERC website detailing the four funding schemes click here.
For the official press release of the European Research Council regarding Advanced Grant laureates click here.
For the full list of ERC Advanced Grant laureates click here.
For the ERC Advanced Grants 2015 indicative statistics click here.

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Karlijn Bastiaansen, PhD