476 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!

Sylvie Lorthois
Physical and Engineering Sciences
Brain Microcirculation : Numerical simulation for inter-species translation with applications in human health
Products and Processes Engineering (PE8)
Institut de mécanique des fluides de Toulouse (IMFT)
Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences
“The ERC enables me to work over the long term at last.”
I thought preparing a submission to the ERC was too competitive for me. But then, encouraged by a few colleagues, I started thinking about a rather ambitious project that might win over the panel. The circulation of blood in the brain’s microvessels is an unexplored field that holds great prospects. It lies at the interface between several disciplines (fluid mechanics, biology, imaging) and raises important methodology issues. Above all, it is a subject that is close to my heart! Ever since my early days as a researcher I have firmly believed in both its diagnostic and therapeutic potential. After a difficult career path marked by the constant search for financial support, the ERC enables me to work over the long term at last. It’s very stimulating — everything is faster, doors are opening… And yet I don’t think I’m an exception. Many other CNRS researchers deserve an ERC grant. The same goes for French public research, which would be worth massive funding, commensurate with its potential benefits.

How to apply

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