This is a special event on the occasion of the launch by the European Research Council of a new type of grants: the Synergy grants. These grants sanction longer projects (6 years), require joint application and collaboration between different Principal Investigators (2 to 4); but require less total working time on the project (30%).
A quick overview of the ERC grants scheme will be followed by a thorough introduction of the Synergy grants to allow attendees to compare them.
Who is the target audience?
This event is of interest to mid- to advanced- career researchers and professors, URAs, research management and international cooperation professionals; and in general to any researcher based in Japan interested in knowing more about the ERC Synergy grants before this year's first call.
About the ERC grants
The European Research Council (ERC) is a funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by funding the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, and supporting their innovative ideas. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake will be carried out in an EU Member State or Associated Country. ERC grants are becoming more and more internationally recognised as awards for scientific excellence.
Research projects funded by the ERC can last up to five years and can cover frontier research in any scientific domain, including social sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary studies. The grants may help both emerging research leaders ('ERC Starting Grants' and 'ERC Consolidator Grants') and already well-established and recognised scientists ('ERC Advanced Grants'). Find out more about the different ERC grants.
If you are moving to Europe from a third country, you can apply for additional funding, which can total up to €2 million for a Starting Grant (instead of €1.5 million for those already established in Europe), €2.75 million for a Consolidator Grant (instead of €2 million) and €3.5 million for an Advanced Grant (instead of €2.5 million).
There are three calls per year according to each category. The upcoming call deadlines are: 31 August 2017 (Advanced Grants), 17 October 2017 (Starting Grants); 11 November 2017 (Synergy Grants), 15 February 2018 (Consolidator Grants); .
Dr. Nicolas Voilley, Research Programme Officer, European Research Council
After a Master in biochemistry, molecular biology and neurology, Nicolas Voilley obtained a PhD in molecular and cellular biology and pharmacology at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, in 1995. After a postdoc at the University of Montreal, he became a team leader at the French CNRS, investigating new therapeutic targets against pain and inflammation. At the same time, he was member of several European working groups and boards of experts on the career of young researchers. He also presided different organizing and scientific committees for international congresses. He joined the European Research Council (ERC) of the European Commission in Brussels in 2007 at the time of its creation. He was strongly involved in the setting up and implementation of the evaluation processes. Initially involved in several sectors of research in life science and in humanities, he is now leading the neuroscience sector, in particular coordinating the evaluation of applications and ensuring the scientific follow-up of projects.
Dr. Matthieu Py, EURAXESS Japan
PhD in 2011 in materials science from CEA-Leti, France. Experience as a researcher both in Europe and in Japan. From 2013 he shifted towards international relations for research and innovation. As coordinator of the EURAXESS activities in Japan, he is working twards improving the exchanges between Japan and Europe for researchers, and their projects.
Dr. Tom Kuczynski, Delegation of the EU to Japan
PhD in Economics from Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan, completed in 2006. Until 2012, worked at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Japan (First Secretary) covering STI. Since 2012, working as a science advisor at the S&T section of the EU Delegation to Japan, responsible for issues related to the research cooperation between the EU and Japan.
Prof. Dai Aoki, CEA (France), Tohoku University
Specialist of condensed matter physics. 2000 PhD degree at Osaka University, 2000-2002 Postdoc at CEA-Grenoble (France), 2002-2007 Assistant Prof. at IMR, Tohoku University, 2007- Researcher at CEA-Grenoble, 2010-2015 ERC project (ERC starting grant 2009, project NewHeavyFermion), 2012- Professor at IMR, Tohoku Univ.
Doors open at 16:30
17:00 Welcome address
17:05 Horizon 2020 overview || S&T Section, Delegation of the EU to Japan
17:15 EURAXESS services useful for your ERC projects || EURAXESS Japan
17:25 Presentation of ERC Synergy Grants || Dr. Nicolas Voilley, ERC
18:15 Feedback on my ERC grant || Prof. Dai Aoki, CEA-Grenoble / Tohoku University