411 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!

Cristina Toninelli
Physical and Engineering Sciences
A mathematical approach to the liquid-glass transition: kinetically constrained models, cellular automata and mixed order phase transitions
Mathematics (PE1)
Laboratoire de probabilités et modèles aléatoires (LPMA)
Institute for Mathematical Sciences and their Interactions
“The CNRS offers favorable conditions for obtaining an ERC grant.”
It all started with a CNRS preparatory training course for ERC submissions. I signed up on an impulse, without any clearly defined project. It was my last chance for a Starting Grant. When I realized how much preliminary work was involved I nearly lost heart, but in the end the preparation proved very beneficial. It is fascinating to review all the open questions in your field of research and find a subject outside of your long-standing expertise. I gradually became convinced of the relevance of my subject. The mock oral exams were very helpful. Still, on the morning of my oral session in Brussels I was terribly nervous. Surprisingly, the conversation with the jury was very relaxed and enriching. We talked about science in a way one seldom ever does, very openly, thinking beyond our disciplinary boundaries. I’ll never forget that moment! I think that the CNRS offers favorable conditions for obtaining an ERC grant — not only from a scientific perspective but also because of the help we can get. I was genuinely encouraged and supported in my project.

How to apply

Useful CNRS resources

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