THE CIRCLE: ERC Club at the Aix Marseille site

ERC Club News


  • Latest results: The Aix-Marseille site obtained its first two ERC Synergy projects in October 2019!

    Fabrice BARTOLOMEI, Professor at the INS, is involved in the GALVANI project "Controlling epileptic brain networks with computationally optimized weak electric fields".
    Frank SCHNORRER, researcher at IBDM, already an ERC laureate, is involved in the StuDySARCOMERE project "Structure and Cellular Dynamics of the Sarcomere".

    More information on the results of this call for proposals: 37 projects have been funded in Europe, for a total budget of €363 million. Projects, which bring together 2 to 4 researchers on a project of a maximum duration of 6 years can have a grant of up to €10M.
    France is involved in 11 projects: Read the publication on the ERC website on its results.
    The last ERC Synergy call under H2020 has a filing date of 5 November 2019.

  • Coaching sessions for ERC 2019 project submissions, with possible meeting with the ERC National Contact Point (NCP).
    1. The ERC Consolidator Grant Session will be held on November 5.
    - Program
    - Registration with your employer's Europe unit.
    2. The ERC Starting Grant Session was held on May 21.
    - Presentation support for the ERC NCP
    - Presentation of the site support cells
    3. There will be no sessions for the ERC Advanced Grant and ERC Synergy in 2019. A summary note is available on request from your employer's Europe unit (AMU/Protisvalor or EPST)

  • Training workshop on writing an ERC project, dedicated to site staff submitting a project to the 2019 or 2020 calls
    A first workshop was organised on 6 June for candidates to the ERC AdG and StG call for proposals.
    A second workshop will be held on 29 November 2019.
    For more information, contact your employer's Europe unit.

  • The annual plenary session of the CERCle organised on 8 July, in the presence of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the ERC.
    Theme:"Towards Horizon Europe: the place of ERC in the next framework programme".
    General presentation support (Annual review of the CERCle and support from JP Bourguignon): HERE.
    Presentation support for the winners on request (


What is the ERC Club "The CERCLE"?

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

On May 15, 2017, Aix-Marseille University and its partners, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM), the Institut pour la recherche et le développement (IRD) and the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA), officially launched the CERCle, Club des ERC 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.

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Objectives :

  • Encourage (teacher-)researchers to apply for the ERC and create momentum.
  • Improve the visibility of the site's scientific excellence, enhancing its attractiveness.
  • Support the dynamics of the site to strengthen its position as a major European research hub.

Activities :

  • Provide all (teacher-)researchers submitting an ERC project with a research unit in Aix-Marseille with individualised coaching.
  • Lead a strategic reflection to strengthen team participation 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 European Research Council (ERC) contract, completed or in progress.
  • Current or former members of an ERC panel.

The figures of the CERCLE:

  • 56 ERC winners on site since the launch of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2007, including 7 winners with two consecutive ERCs (63 projects).
  • 35 winners in the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020). Four winners received an ERC Proof of Concept (ERC PoC) project.
  • 6 ERC projects where a site establishment is a partner.
  • 9 panel members of the site.

The activities of CERCle are supervised by a European Steering Committee led by AMU, which includes the operational units of CNRS, INSERM, IRD, CEA, Centrale Innovation and Protisvalor, the valuation subsidiary of AMU.

Download the presentation brochure


Presentation of the winners and their publications

  • Discover the portraits and publications of the winners on the new website HAL CERCLE


Space reserved for ERC club members

Connect to the dedicated internet


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Contact information

Facilitator of the CIRCLE
Céline DAMON (Research and Development Department, AMU)

Tel: 04 91 39 39 65 72 - email:

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