One of the greatest European success stories in the last decade is the European Research Council (ERC). Thanks to its unique formula of independence from political intervention, bold research ideas, bottom-up approach, and a singular focus on excellence, ERC grants have become one of the most prestigious research grants in the world. We fear a budget cut for research, affecting also the ERC, in the next EU budget.
In an open letter, we call upon the EU Presidents and the Heads of States and Governments in Europe to secure funding for the European Research Council in the new, long-term EU budget. Over 22,000 academics from Europe and beyond has supported our petition on www.change.org/FriendsoftheERC to support the letter.
September 24: 9:45: We will participate in a session at European Research and Innovation Days
September 17: Petition reached 22,000 signatures
September 16: Nature’s editorial: A pandemic is no time to cut the European Research Council’s funding. See all media coverage here
September 4: Signatures and open letter sent to EU Presidents and EU Member States’ Ministers of Research.
September 2: Press Release: 16 000 academics call for financially strong and independent ERC
We still need to push the frontiers of science– our comment on the latest EU budget proposal