Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age. The ERC also strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come to Europe.
The European Research Council selected, this year from a record 4741 submissions, Aurélien Roux‘s proposal “Mechanical Understanding of Membrane Fission in Endocytosis and Cytokinesis”. Overall success rate for funding was only 11.3%, with keen competition in the life sciences.
Since its launch, the ERC has funded over 3,000 top researchers across Europe with substantial grants for up to 5 years. The funding is awarded based on peer review evaluation and excellence is the sole criterion. The ERC operates according to an “investigator-driven”, or “bottom-up”, approach, allowing researchers to identify new opportunities in any field of research.