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!

Véronique Cortier
Provavly secure systems: foundations, design and modularity
Computer Science and Informatics (PE6)
Laboratoire lorrain de recherche en informatique et ses applications (LORIA)
Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies
“In my opinion, the freedom offered by the ERC is unique.”
The ERC gives you significant resources to do the research you want to do. For five years you don’t have to scramble for funding, and the constraints are few. Also, it is very flexible — the project can evolve as it goes along. In my opinion, the freedom offered by the ERC is unique. On the other hand, you have to put in a huge amount of work. These grants are a real accelerator for both science and careers. I was able to bring in highly skilled colleagues, which humanly speaking was immensely rewarding. My research on electronic voting took a giant leap forward. We have been able to define a theoretical framework while testing our voting software in real situations. My career has also progressed significantly in administrative terms. Increased visibility and a greater number of high-level publications enabled me to become a senior researcher at the age of 32. I am currently applying for an ERC Proof of Concept grant and submitting another project as part of the Horizon 2020 program. To top it all, a member of my team has just obtained an ERC grant — now we can carry on with our work!

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