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440 CNRS researchers have obtained a European Research Council (ERC) grant since 2007. This enables them to conduct exploratory research of their choice over a five-year period - all of which in exceptional conditions!

Why go for it?
Laureates tell you about their experience.

“The ERC enables me to work over the long term at last.”
Sylvie Lorthois
“The ERC has allowed my projects to progress in a way I wouldn’t have dreamed of.”
Tatiana Giraud
“The ERC gives me the opportunity to conduct basic research on Alzheimer’s disease.”
Christelle Hureau-Sabater
“With this grant I can conduct a truly interdisciplinary project.”
Costantino Creton
“If there were no limits to your research, what would you do?”
Susana Coelho
“I wanted to continue investigating the data from the Planck satellite.”
Nabila Aghanim
“The ERC changes the way I do research, and it’s a real intellectual challenge!”
Katell Berthelot
“When dealing with breakthrough research subjects, you have to challenge yourself.”
Yanne Chembo Kouomou
“Thanks to the ERC, I was able to successfully apply to other calls for proposals.”
Jérémie Bec
“The CNRS offers favorable conditions for obtaining an ERC grant.”
Cristina Toninelli
“The ERC is a real boost for French research!”
Bruno Chaudret
“In my opinion, the freedom offered by the ERC is unique.”
Véronique Cortier
“I applied to the ERC so that I would not have to do my research alone.”
Marianne Lemoine-Goumard
“This new challenge brought me back to the heart of science — like during my PhD!”
Gérard Besson
“The ERC is a milestone in my career as a researcher.”
Pierre Comon
“You should try the ERC immediately after your postdoc.”
Antonin Morillon
“It seems a bit paradoxical, but with the ERC I had to put my ego aside.”
César Ducruet

How to apply

Useful CNRS resources

Entry points, contact and resources to put together your application and submit it to the ERC.