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!

Cristina Toninelli

Cristina Toninelli

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.

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