Call Starting Grant 2018: #Talent@ UniPD
The University of Padova (UNIPD) promotes the participation to the European Research Council (ERC) calls. To this purpose, one of UNIPD strategic actions is to identify possible ERC candidates with a competitive curriculum and to support them in all the steps concerning the proposal preparation and submission to the annual ERC calls.


What does the ERC fund? (For details, see https://erc.europa.eu/funding/starting-grants)
ERC Starting Grants support Principal Investigators (PI) with a competitive CV to start their own independent research team and carry on innovative research projects in any scientific field. Scientific excellence is the sole criterion on the basis of which ERC research grants are awarded.


How does the profile of the ERC Starting Grant PI look like?
PIs may be researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD or equivalent degree. Extensions are possible under certain circumstances such as maternity/paternity, illness, etc.

PIs are expected to have produced significant publications as main authors in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals, out of which at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor. The results obtained by the PIs and detailed in their CVs must show the potential for research independence and the capacity to carry out original research.

Please consider also the following recurring features of the PIs funded by the ERC:

  • a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences
  • international prizes/awards
  • research periods spent in top-rated institutions
  • very high values of bibliometric indicators (e.g. h-index, number of citations received, etc.), compared with the average values of the candidate’s research field.

If your profile meets those requirements, send us your CV and your track record (using the template attached), and an abstract of max. 2000 characters on your project idea (which will be treated in a confidential manner) not later than 20 June 2017 to participate in StG2018 call (call opening: July 2017; estimated call closure: October 2017).
The most promising candidates, after approval of the host Department (The International Research Office will verify whether the Department is available to host the PI), will be supported in the following ways:

  • A) Proposal Writing
    1. CV pre-screening; valorization of the project idea through focused meetings and support of interdisciplinary experts
    2. Support in the proposal writing
    3. Review of the proposal (Part B! and B2)
    4. Budget definition and resources justification
  • B) If you are retained for step 2 of the evaluation and you are invited for the interview
    5. Training course by a qualified company
    6. Intensive English course (if necessary)
  • C) If you are funded by ERC and carry on your project at UNIPD
    7. You will be offered a position as Associate Professor and some fringe benefits according to the current regulations 
    8. You will have support in the negotiation phase with ERCEA, and in the management and reporting of the project, in cooperation with the Host Department


For information and clarification please write to: finanziamenti.ricercaue@unipd.it

Please follow the link below to see some examples of projects funded by ERC.