European Union: Funding for Junior Researchers
The European Union makes a considerable contribution to the funding of research in Europe. Research Framework Programmes and other initiatives support individual researchers and organisations with what are sometimes large sums of money.
The European Commission funds preparatory journeys for European research projects for all scholars – from undergraduate students to experienced researchers. The situation is also made easier by agreements among the member states and their research organisations that “Money Follows Researcher”. This principle means researchers can take approved project funds with them if they move elsewhere within Europe. Furthermore, this also applies to prizes and other project and individual funding.
European Research Council (ERC)
The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European institution that funds basic research proposed by researchers themselves. This bottom-up approach supplements the other funding initiatives of the European Commission. The criteria for selecting the recipients of funding are based solely on research excellence and the innovative potential of the research idea.
National Contact Point of ERC
In collaboration between the EU Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the DFG, the National Contact Point ERC offers advice and information for potential applicants at German scientific institutions on behalf of the BMBF. More information: www.nks-erc.de