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The IDEAS Work Programme, European Research Council Work Programme 2008 (European Commission C(2007)5746 of 29 November 2007)

Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC


The European Research Council (ERC) has a unique position in European research funding to support the best science and scholarship. It is operating at the highest level of ambition to generate the maximum benefit to European research from the activities it pursues. The ERC will not be hostage to the conventional wisdom; instead, it will take the best practice wherever it can be found.
The fundamental principle for all ERC activities is that of stimulating investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of excellence. Awards will be made and grants operated according to simple procedures that maintain the focus on excellence, encourage initiative and combine flexibility with accountability.
By using competition on the basis of excellence at the European level, the ERC aims to add value to other funding schemes, such as those of Research Funding Agencies operating at the national level. The ERC also complements other research activities under the 7th framework programme managed by the European Commission, including the Marie Curie schemes, strategic basic research in support of thematic priorities, and support for European infrastructures.

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