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With the creation of the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union has acknowledged that investing in the most talented researchers is not an option but an imperative to secure Europe's future prosperity and competitiveness in a globalised world. Often referred to as a benchmark for European research excellence, the ERC stimulates aspiration, boosts achievement, and raises the visibility of research and talent.
The ERC Starting Grant funding scheme aims to fast-track the career development of the very best research talent from across the globe, whether working in or moving to Europe. Entrusting up-and-coming research leaders with early scientific independence allows them to fully develop their creative potential.
Whilst the ERC offers attractive, multiannual funding, the host institutions are expected to guarantee appropriate administrative support and attractive working conditions, as this is critically important for recruiting and retaining top researchers, and for fostering their excellence.
This brochure presents the main features of the ERC Starting Grant scheme, as exemplified by six selected case studies from the first Starting Grant competition.

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