EU-LIFE calls for an increased ERC budget
The European Research Council (ERC) is key to excellent basic research, the cornerstone of disruptive innovation. EU-LIFE, the alliance of European research centres in life sciences, urges politicians to unequivocally support the ERC by raising its budget in FP9 and endorsing its guiding principles. At present the innovation potential in Europe can’t be fully exploited because of a lack of funding.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of ERC, EU-LIFE released a statement with the message that in only a decade, ERC has become a flagship for excellent scientific research in - and for - Europe which is key to innovation. Also according to the statement, the ERC plays a crucial role in supporting that research in Europe.
The ERC has proven very successful in attracting top researchers to Europe and in increasing the competitiveness of Europe’s research at a global scale. The ERC allows the brightest scientists to perform research that sooner or later will pave the way to disruptive innovation from all scientific fields.
“Many great research ideas fully fitting ERC evaluation criteria are put on hold, simply because of the current ERC budget limits. In our experience more than 50% of excellent research projects don’t receive funding because of this. With an increased ERC budget excellent research will further flourish in Europe, making it even more attractive for top researchers”, said Jo Bury, current Chair of EU-LIFE and Managing Director of VIB, the Life Sciences Research Institute in Flanders, Belgium.
“Europe needs a strong the ERC to achieve its goal of being a worldwide leader in innovation. Collectively, we need to ensure that the future ERC budget is increased to raise the positive impact of excellent research in Europe. We can state that more than a funding principle, the ERC proves to be a multiplier with increased visibility of the research in academia and beyond”, said Marta Agostinho, EU-LIFE coordinator.
EU-LIFE is an alliance of 13 European research centres in life sciences to support and strengthen research excellence. Representing over 7200 researchers, partners in EU-LIFE are renowned research centres across Europe operating with similar principles of excellence, external reviews, independence, competitiveness, and internationality, contributing to pushing European science forward. FIMM has been a member of EU-LIFE since 2013.
EU-LIFE institutes host currently 121 ERC grants running in 13 countries across Europe. Focusing on a range of scientific fields in the life sciences from cell biology to material sciences ERC researchers bring the best minds to EU-LIFE research centres to develop cutting edge basic research , within the European Research Area.