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

ERC Club News

  1. Relevant ERC projects in the fight against VIDOC-19 :

The European Commission has published a list of 183 ERC projects that can contribute to the fight against VIDOC-19. Two of these projects come from the Aix-Marseille site:

  • Eric Vivier (CIML) within the framework of the TILC project "Targeting Innate Lymphoid Cells" - ERC Advanced
  • Eric Vivier (CIML) as part of the MInfla-Tilc project "Generation of therapeutic antibodies targeting type 2 Innate Lymphoid cells in asthma" - ERC PoC
  1. An award-winning young researcher:

Recruited in the framework ofEmmauel Hugot 's ERC Starting Icarus project (LAM), Simona Lombardo has just received the Young Talents France Prize from the L'Oréal-Unesco Foundation for Women in Science.

  1. Latest results of the ERC calls:

Aix-Marseille has two new ERC Starting Grants winners:

  • Cécile Albert (IMBE) obtained the SCALED project " Integrating processes across scales to understand and predict ecological dynamics in landscapes".
  • Réjane Rua (CIML) was awarded the CNSentinels project"Spatiotemporal control of neuroinfection by meningeal macrophages".

Aix-Marseille has a new ERC Proof of Concept laureate:

  • Adam Williamson (INS) has been awarded the CONECTIF Proof of Concept Project attached to his ERC project. EPI-Ctrd.

The site counts 40 ERC Winners since the launch of the Horizon Europe programme, compared to 28 under FP7. Discover their portraits and publications on HAL CIRCLE.

Calendar of the first Horizon Europe calls

  • ERC Starting Grant 2021 - 2 to 7 years after thesis . Deadline: 9/03/2021
  • ERC Consolidator Grant 2021 - 7 to 12 years after thesis . Deadline: 20/04/2021
  • ERC Advanced Grant 2021 . Deadline: 31/08/2021
  • ERC Proof of Concept - reserved for ERC winners . Cut off dates: March, June and October 2021

CERCle's action plan for the launch of the 1st Horizon Europe calls:

  1. Coaching sessions:

Sessions in videoconference punctuated by the interventions of a member of the ERC National Contact Point, an ERC panel member, and a former laureate.
Open to all researchers wishing to submit an ERC project in 2021.

  • The ERC Starting Grant session will be organised on 13 November 2020.

The registration modalities are specified in the detailed programme of the session.

  • The ERC Consolidator Grant session will be held on 11 January 2020.

Details of how to register will be specified at a later date. For more information, please contact your employer's Europe unit or the CERCle coordination office.

  1. Writing Training Workshops :

Videoconference workshops of training in writing an ERC project, dedicated to the staff of the site submitting a project to the 2021 calls:

  • For the candidates to the ERC StG call on January 11, 2021
  • For applicants to the ERC CoG call on February 15, 2021

Please contact your employer's Europe cell or the CERCle coordination to register.

  1. Information meetings: Towards Horizon Europe - the ERC and Marie Sklodovska Curie calls

These information meetings will focus in particular on the future calls of the European Research Council - ERC: structuring, novelties, calendar of calls planned in 2021-2022 as well as the funding continuum with the calls of the European Innovation Council - EIC.
In complementarity with the ERC calls, the novelties of the individual projects of training through research - Marie Sklodovska Curie Postgraduate Scholarships will also be presented.

  • A generic session will be organised on 16 November 2020.

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  • An SHS session will be organized on 20 November 2020.

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  • A session in English will be organised on 30 November 2020.

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  1. Bibliometric studies :

In connection with the bibliometrics within the Research and Valorisation Department(

  • Support to ERC depositors on the site to manage researcher profiles and improve scientific visibility prior to deposit
  • Analyze the scientific productions to reinforce the quality of the publications.

What is the ERC Club - "The CERCle"? Logo CERCle

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

On 15 May 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 CERCle, the ERC Club, which will be 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.


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

Activities :

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

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

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

Thefigures of the CERCle :

  • 60 ERC laureates on the site since the launch of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2007, including 8 winners having obtained two consecutive ERCs (68 projects).
  • 40 winners in the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020).
  • Five winners have benefited from an ERC Proof of Concept (ERC PoC) project.
  • 6 ERC projects in which a site institution is a partner.
  • 9 panel members from the site.

CERCle 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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Circle Facilitator
Céline DAMON (Direction de la Recherche et de la Valorisation, AMU)

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