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Successfully funding European projects. University of Glasgow Internationalisation Conference March 20 th 2012. Two European Research Council Starting Grants: Nineteenth Century Euclid The Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators. ERC Starting Grants.

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successfully funding european projects

Successfully funding European projects

University of Glasgow Internationalisation Conference

March 20th 2012


Two European Research Council Starting Grants:

Nineteenth Century Euclid

The Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators

erc starting grants
ERC Starting Grants
  • ‘aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe’
  • 2-12 years experience since award of PhD
  • Up to €1.5m over five years
  • award criterion: ‘scientific excellence’
  • one call per year, published during summer, with autumn deadline
application process
Application process
  • stage one: application, with two parts: B1 (c. 10 pages), PI detailed CV + extended synopsis of project; B2 (c. 15 pages), detailed summary of project with budget).
  • applications are assessed initially on B1 only
  • those who proceed to stage two are invited to interview in Brussels in early summer
  • notification late summer, followed by a negotiation period; projects to start within six months
  • this may change in subsequent years
nineteenth century euclid
Nineteenth Century Euclid
  • To produce a monograph, essay collection, and international conferences on the cultural history of Euclidean geometry from around 1780-1900
  • And to develop the new field of literature and mathematics
  • Not a team project: PI only, 95% over 34 months
  • Includes budget for holding two conferences (a third added later), plus PI’s travel
  • €323k
the fragments of the roman republican orators
The Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators
  • to prepare a new edition, with translation and commentary, of the fragments of oratory from the Republican period at Rome
  • involves PI (60% over five years); RA (100% for 40 months); two PhD studentships; technical and administrative support
  • includes conference and travel budget, facilitating involvement of an international advisory board
  • €1.1m


26% to UK institutions

21% of PIs were women

Hit rate: 12% (from 4000 applications)

  • 19% of Starting Grants went to PIs in UK institutions
  • 26% of PIs were women
  • Hit rate: 3% (from 9000 applications)
  • very flexible in terms of what can be funded
  • no interest in Impact
  • emphasis on career development: people-driven as well as project-driven