The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.
The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of Horizon 2020, the European Union's Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020.
Being 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility.
Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
The complete name of FP7 is 7 th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development . It lasted for seven years from 2007 until 2013 with a total budget of over € 50 billion.
FP7 is a key tool to respond to Europe's needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy.
In order to complement national research programmes, activities funded from FP7 must have a “European added value”. One key aspect of the European added value is the transnationality of many actions: research projects are carried out by consortia which include participants from different European (and other) countries; fellowships in FP7 require mobility over national borders. Indeed, many research challenges (e.g. fusion research, etc), are so complex that they can only be addressed at European level.
The Framework Programmes for Research have two main strategic objectives:
- to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry;
- to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.
Established in 1975 by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is an investment policy tool. It aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. This is achieved by supporting the development and structural adjustment of regional economies in the Members States, including the conversion of declining industrial regions.
- GIGA-Cardiovascular Sciences
- GIGA-CRC In vivo Imaging
- GIGA-In silico Medicine
- GIGA-Inflammation, Infection & Immunity
- GIGA-Medical Genetics
- GIGA-Molecular Biology of Diseases
- European projects
- Projects of excellence
- Translational research
- PhD thesis
- Scientific popularization