The European Research Council (ERC) is the main funding body for research projects in Europe. It finances projects driven by researchers from all areas (life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities) that stand out for the most innovative and revolutionary ideas.
Since 2007, more than 9,000 projects have been funded by the ERC, out of more than 65,000 applications. The average success rate is 13%, leaving many brilliant projects out of funding, although the proposals are of a very high standard, and should be supported.
To face this challenge, the Oeiras City Council is supporting the Gulbenkian Collaborative Center of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência financing ERC candidates from Oeiras Institutions who have submitted high-quality applications (selected for the second evaluation phase) to scholarships European Research Council (ERC), but who were unable to secure funds due to constraints in the ERC budget.
This funding will allow the continuation of the necessary research activities and the development of preliminary data for the improvement of a new proposal to be submitted to ERC financing schemes within 3 years.
The initiative is financed by the Oeiras City Council and coordinated by the Gulbenkian Collaborative Center of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência.
Read ERC Oeiras Guidelines (PT only)
For more informations: [email protected].
The “Oeiras - ERC Frontier Research Incentive Awards” Award is intended to finance candidates from teaching and research institutions, located in the Municipality of Oeiras, who have submitted high-quality applications for individual grants to the European Research Council (European Research Council - ERC) and that, although selected for the second ERC evaluation phase, were unable to guarantee funds due to constraints in the ERC budget. The ERC finances the leading research projects that stand out in Europe. These projects are driven by researchers from all areas (life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities) and the proposals are designed by researchers who include their most innovative and revolutionary ideas.
This award, by supporting the best talent, allows showing the contribution of Oeiras and the institutions based here to the development of science and innovation at the national and international level.
The prize is worth up to EUR 240,000 per 2-year project, corresponding to a maximum of EUR 120,000 per year.
The Oeiras-ERC research incentive awards are open to researchers from all areas of research (life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities) developing scientific projects in one of the research institutions in the Oeiras Municipality. In 2023, researchers who have applied for one of the following grants will be eligible: : ERC-2022-STG, ERC-2021-ADG and ERC-2022-COG can participate.
For more information regarding eligibility rules please see the guidelines (Portuguese only).
Researchers who have submitted an individual grant funding proposal that is not funded under the ERC scheme (StG - Starting Grant, CoG - Consolidator Grant, AdG - Advanced Grant) and reached phase 2 (with final score A or B) of the evaluation process.
After the publication of the results of the last ERC individual scholarship contest (scheduled for January 2023), host institutions in the territory of Oeiras should contact the Monitoring Committee (by the email [email protected]) established for this purpose and submit a list of researchers eligible for the prize, especially those whose proposals reached stage 2 but were not funded in the regular calls of ERC StG, CoG, and AdG.