Funding opportunities for researchers
EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation
Here you will find everything you need to know about Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020)!
Horizon 2020 is the largest research and innovation funding program in the world. It provides funds and instruments across the entire spectrum of research and innovation activities, which
include, for example:
- Individual fellowships
- Project grants
- Networking platforms
- Team-based collaborative research
- Research for policy
- Industrial research platforms
- Innovation management
- … and much more, in all discipline areas
Australian organisations (and individuals) are welcome to participate in most aspects of Horizon
2020, and stand to gain significant advancements by participating, including a slice of the €80 billion in available funding.
European research council (ERC) grants
The ERC is a little like our very own Australian research council (ARC). The ERC has three main grants (in addition to a few specialised instruments that we won't cover here):
ERC Starting Grants (STG)
For "early-career" research with 2-7 years' experience after receiving their PhD.
Funding available: €2.5 million for 5 years.
ERC consolidator grants (COG)
For "mid-career" research with 7-12 years' experience after receiving their PhD.
Funding available: €2.75 million for 5 years.
ERC advanced grants (ADG)
For experienced research leaders with outstanding track records. Funding
Available: €3.5 million for 5 years.
These are approximately equivalent to the ARC's decras, future fellowships and Australian laureate fellowships respectively. However, unlike the arc schemes, the ERC Grants cover the entire cost of projects (including salaries for the principal investigator and
Their team, travel costs, research costs, etc.), making them far more attractive and internationally competitive (the success rate for these ERC grants is less than 10%).
Like the MCSA individual fellowships (above), these grants must be administered by a host institution in Europe. However, unlike those fellowships, the track record of the principal investigator and the scientific excellence of the proposal are the only items considered in the evaluation. Also unlike the fellowships, these ERC grants are completely portable within Europe, meaning that the principal investigator is able to shift institutions and take the grant with them, without needing the approval of their original host.
Whilst this opportunity is aimed at attracting the best research talent to Europe (and hence, away from Australia), there are some fine-print aspects that, to date, have been decidedly underutilised by Australian applicants and provide the possibility of actually enhancing Research activities in Australia.
- Undertaking an ERC grant only requires that you spend 50% of your time, in Europe, working on the project (even less for the advanced grant). What you do with the other 50% of your time is up to you. This opens the possibility of a joint appointment with current Australian institution.
- The research team that you put together for your project can include internationally based team members. This includes the possibility of Australian-based colleagues, participating in your project and receiving funding for doing so.
The ERC website has full details.
- STG will open mid-2016 and close in the later part of 2016
- COG is open now, and will close 2 February 2016
- ADG will open 24 may and close 1 September 2016