3 PSL winners of the 2020 ERC Advanced grants


The European Research Council released on April 22 the selection of the 209 winners of the ERC Advanced Grant 2020 call. With a success rate of 8%, the 2020 session of this European research funding program was very selective. Université PSL is proud to include 3 winning researchers out of the 22 European projects hosted in France.

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The highly regarded ERC advanced grants are awarded annually to researchers recognized for their significant scientific achievements over the past ten years. In 2020, more than 2500 proposals were submitted by European scientists with a success rate of 8% (compared to 9.8% the previous year). A very selective session.
The three PSL winners of the 2020 Advanced Grants are:


Funding from the ERC (European Research Council)

Founded in 2007, the European Research Council is part of the European Framework Program for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020). Each year, the committee awards individual funding for a period of 5 years to scientists from all over the world. The ERC funds original exploratory research projects that bring scientific, technical and societal discoveries in all disciplines.

There are five ERC grants:

  • Starting Grant: for young researchers - 2 to 7 years after the dissertation was defended (up to 2 million euros)
  • Consolidator Grant: for researchers - 7 to 12 years after the dissertation was defended (up to 2.75 million euros)
  • Advanced Grant: for senior researchers (up to €3.5 million)
  • Synergy Grant: for a group of 2 to 4 researchers (up to 10 million euros over 6 years)
  • Proof of Concept (vérification de concept): for the winners, to support the technology transfer of the results obtained within the framework of an ERC grant

PSL has created a dedicated service to support researchers in order to answer to European calls for proposals: