THE CIRCLE: Club of the ERC of the Aix Marseille site

News of the ERC club

  • Aix-Marseille has a new ERC Advanced Grant winner

    Tâm Mignot
    , CNRS Research Director and Director of the Bacterial Chemistry Laboratory (CNRS/AMU), has been awarded the new ERC project: "JAWS - A Multi-Scale Approach to Bacterial Predation". This is his second ERC project, having been awarded the ERC Starting Grant in 2010. More info: Press release.

    The site now counts 38 ERC winners since the launch of the Horizon 2020 programme.

  • Last year of Horizon 2020 before the launch of Horizon Europe

    Horizon Europe's latest ERC call is for the ERC Advanced Grants category. Deadline: 29/08/2020.
    The ERC has also published on its website an information note on the future planning 2021-2022 and the changes to be expected:
    see page "Transition of the ERC to Horizon Europe - Operational considerations".

    As a reminder, the annual plenary session of CERCle on 8 July, in the presence of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Chairman of the ERC, was held on the following theme "Towards Horizon Europe: ERC's place in the next framework programme".
    General presentation support (CERCle annual report and support from JP Bourguignon): HERE.

  • CERCle Action Plan for 2020:

  1. Coaching sessions for ERC 2020 project submissions are being prepared, with VR possible with the ERC National Contact Point (NCP).
    - The ERC Advanced Grant Session will be organised in May 2020 for project submissions scheduled for 26/08/2020.
    - The ERC Starting Grant Session will be organised in October 2020.

  2. Training workshops in writing an ERC project, dedicated to site staff submitting a project to the 2020 or 2021 calls for proposals.
    - A first workshop will be organised on 15 June for candidates to the ERC AdG call. Campus J. Aiguier.
    - A second workshop will be organized on November 2 for candidates to the ERC StG call.
    - An ERC Oral Training Workshop for CoG or SyG candidates selected in the 2nd stage may be proposed mid 2020 (New).
    More information by contacting your employer's Europe cell or the ERCcle coordination.

  3. Towards Horizon Europe: The ERC and Marie Sklodovska Curie calls (1st Pillar of HOUR)
    Information meetings co-organized by all the European cells members of COPEurope will be proposed on the different campuses of Aix Marseille. Dates and places are foreseen:
    - Aix Campus: June 8 - Colloquium Room 2 at the Multimedia pole. Morning
    - Campus St Jérôme: June 9 - Amphi Ponte. Morning
    - Campus la Timone: 10 June - Room 109. Morning
    - Campus St Charles: 11 June - Salle des Voûtes. Morning
    - Luminy Campus: June 11 - MPCC Amphitheatre. Morning
    - Campus J. Aiguier: June 18 - Amphi P. Desnuelle. Morning
    - Campus Etoile: June 22nd - New Central Amphitheatre Marseille. Afternoon

What is the ERC club - "Le CERCle"? Logo CERCle

The European Research Council (or European Research Council, ERC) finances, within the European Union, exploratory and risky research projects. It is a "white scientist" programme dedicated to research at the frontier of knowledge, for which the sole selection criterion is scientific excellence.

On May 15, 2017, Aix-Marseille University and its partners, the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), the Institute for Research and Development (IRD) and the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), officially launched the CERCle, the ERC Club joined in 2018 by Ecole Centrale. Their ambition is to promote a shared site policy to support applications from teacher-researchers and researchers to the European Research Council (ERC) programme, a strong marker of scientific excellence.


  • Encourage (teacher-researchers) to apply to the ERC and create a dynamic.
  • Improve the visibility of the scientific excellence of the site, strengthening its attractiveness.
  • Support the dynamics of the site to reinforce its position as a major European research centre.

Activities :

  • To provide all (teacher-)researchers submitting an ERC project with a research unit in Aix-Marseille with individualized coaching.
  • Lead a strategic reflection to strengthen the participation of teams in the ERC.
  • Stimulate interactions between site teams to participate in these programs.

Composition :The CERCle is composed of members attached to a research unit at the Aix-Marseille site and are :

  • Winners of a completed or ongoing European Research Council (ERC) contract.
  • Current or former members of an ERC panel.

CERCle's figures :

  • 59 ERC laureates on the site since the launch of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2007, including 8 laureates having obtained two consecutive ERCs (64 projects).
  • 38 winners in the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020). Four winners have benefited from an ERC Proof of Concept (ERC PoC) project.
  • 6 ERC projects in which one of the site's establishments is a partner.
  • 9 panel members on the site.

CERCle's activities are supervised by a European Steering Committee led by AMU, bringing together the operational units of CNRS, INSERM, IRD, CEA, Centrale Innovation and Protisvalor, AMU's valorisation subsidiary.

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Presentation of the winners and their publications

  • Discover the portraits and publications of the winners on the new site HAL CERCle


Space reserved for ERC club members

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Animator of the CIRCLE
Céline DAMON (Direction de la Recherche et de la Valorisation, AMU)

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