Research and Innovation Development Office
2 June 2017
The European Research Council (ERC) has revealed its plans to re-establish its Synergy Grants programme.
This scheme was piloted in 2012 and 2013 and was extremely popular, specifically designed to enable researchers to collaborate.
The ERC aims to use the grants to support projects addressing questions that 'can only be answered by the coordinated work of a small group of two to four Principal Investigators and their teams, bringing together their complementary skills, knowledge and resources in unprecedented ways'. Through supporting these projects the Council will establish long-term, close collaborations of researchers with diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
Synergy Grants represent a different arm to the ERC's funding; usually an ERC grant will go to an individual at various career stages. These grants offer the chance to develop several PIs and generate 'transformative research' and 'ground-breaking results'. To be eligible, every PI will be hosted by an institution in an EU Member State or Associated Country. In this case, this requirement means the PI will be based at that institution for at least 50% of their time. They will spend 30% or more of their time working on the project.
If approved, this call will be published 19 July 2017, and we anticipate a deadline of 14 November 2017. This will be an exceptionally competitive scheme, but could bring world-changing science and an enduring collaboration across disciplines. It's well worth considering your networks and whether you could apply for up to €10m over six years!