635 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!

Antonin Morillon
Life Sciences
Dark matter of the human transcriptome: Functional study of the antisense Long Noncoding RNAs and Molecular Mechanisms of Action
Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (LS2)
Dynamique de l'information génétique : bases fondamentales et cancer
Institute of Biological Sciences
“You should try the ERC immediately after your postdoc.”
After my postdoc at Oxford, I had a project that required significant funding, and I didn’t want to give it up. Today the ERC is the only way to “prime the pump” when you’re starting. I wanted to have the means to achieve my objectives, to take my research to the international level. If I hadn’t succeeded, I might not have stayed in France to work. My first ERC project on yeasts was the springboard that I was looking for. I was recruited by the Institut Curie. Five years later, I won my second ERC grant, which allowed me to pursue my studies on human cell cultures, from a more therapeutic perspective. In this sense, the ERC is also a fast track towards discoveries! This grant gives us a unique form of recognition and visibility. All I had to do to set up a team was choose from the excellent candidates who sent in unsolicited applications. My advice to young researchers is never to limit themselves: they should try the ERC immediately after their postdoc. That’s precisely when researchers are at their peak, brimming with ideas and energy. It is a golden opportunity!

How to apply

Useful CNRS resources

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