601 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!

Yanne Chembo Kouomou
Besançon
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Starting
Grant
Project
NEXT generation of microwave PHotonic systems for AeroSpace Engineering
Panel
Systems and Communication Engineering (PE7)
Year
2011
Labo
Franche-Comté Electronique Mécanique Thermique et Optique- Sciences et Technologies (FEMTO-ST)
Institute
Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences
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“When dealing with breakthrough research subjects, you have to challenge yourself.”
The ERC is a unique mechanism, a phenomenal accelerator. This EU program has enabled us to perform basic and exploratory research. You have to be ready to take risks and deal with unforeseen situations. In fact, I went further than I thought I would—I discovered I could push my limits. When dealing with breakthrough research subjects, like compact photonic oscillators, you have to challenge yourself. We are looking for a way to manipulate laser radiation to create new-generation ultra-stable clocks for the aerospace and telecommunications industries. Another key point is that while the ERC funds an individual, it is actually a collective effort. We are a close-knit team pursuing a common goal, which is not always the case in a conventional research group. This also involves a tremendous responsibility towards the PhD students and postdoctoral fellows who work with us. I’ve learned a lot from them. I would never have done that on my own!

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