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

ERC club news

  • Aix-Marseille has a new ERC Advanced Grant laureate

    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.

    Romain Tiquet, project leader of the MADAF project "A History of Madness in West Africa: Governing Mental Disorder during Decolonisation (Senegal, Burkina Faso and Ghana - 1940s - 1970s)" joined the IMAF laboratory in 2020.

    The site now has 38 ERC laureates since the launch of the Horizon 2020 programme.

  • The last year of the Horizon 2020 programme before the launch of Horizon Europe.

    The Horizon Europe's latest ERC call concerns the ERC Advanced Grants category. Deadline: 29/08/2020.
    To help you, thee CERCLe is organising a coaching session (webinar) on 20 May 2020 (More info: HERE ) and a training session for writing an ERC proposal (on pre-selection of European cells).

    The ERC has also published on its site an information note on the future planning 2021-2022 and the changes to be expected and on the new panel configurations for 2021 and 2022:
    see "Transition of the ERC to Horizon Europe - Operational considerations". and "New ERC panel structure in 2021 and 2022".

    As a reminder, the annual plenary session of CERCle held on 8 July, in the presence of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Chairman of the ERC, was on the theme of "The transition of the ERC to Horizon Europe - Operational considerations". "Towards Horizon Europe: the place of ERC in the next Framework Programme".
    General presentation support (CERCle annual report and support from JP Bourguignon): HERE.

  • ERC's action plan for 2020:

  1. Coaching sessions for ERC 2020 project submissions are in preparation, with VR possible with the ERC National Contact Point (NCP).
    - The ERC Advanced Grant Session organised on 20 May 2020 for project submissions scheduled for 26/08/2020. Presentation material: HERE
    - The ERC Starting Grant Session will be held in October 2020.

  2. Training workshops on how to write an ERC project, dedicated to the staff of the site submitting a project to the 2020 or 2021 calls.
    - A first workshop will be organized on June 15 for the candidates to the ERC AdG call in visio.
    Ten trainees have been selected to participate.
    - A second workshop will be organised on 2 November for the candidates to the ERC StG call.

    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 Horizon Europe)
    Information meetings co-organized by all the European cells members of COPEurope will be proposed on the different campuses of Aix-Marseille.
    These sessions, initially planned in June, will be postponed this autumn (subject to confirmation).

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

The European Research Council (or European Research Council, ERC) funds, 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 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.

Objectives :

  • Encourage (teacher-researchers to apply to the ERC and create a dynamic.
  • Improve the visibility of the site's scientific excellence, enhancing its attractiveness.
  • To support the dynamics of the site in order 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.
  • Facilitate strategic thinking to strengthen the participation of teams in the ERC.
  • Stimulate interaction between site teams 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 completed or ongoing European Research Council (ERC) contract.
  • Current or former members of an ERC panel.

ERC 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 benefited from an ERC Proof of Concept (ERC PoC) project.
  • 6 ERC projects in which an establishment of the site is a partner.
  • 9 site panel members.

The 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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