On November 20, U.S. and international researchers will learn about the European Research Council’s funding opportunities for research in Europe. A Leibniz Lecture by renowned neurobiologist Hannah Monyer entitled “A Walk Down Memory’s Path” will follow.
The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), in cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Contact Point of the European Research Council (ERC), will host two parallel half-day workshops on the ERC’s Starting Independent Researcher and Advanced Investigators Grants for research talents and exceptional leading researchers looking for funding to conduct their work in Europe. Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, participants will receive hands-on information on application and evaluation procedures, success rates and insider tips from European Research Council representatives and current grant recipients.
The ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a research team to start conducting independent research. Grant applications can come from researchers of all nationalities and in all disciplines for up to € 2 million per grant for up to five years. The ERC Advanced Grant supports exceptional established researchers of all nationalities and disciplines with up to € 3.5 million per grant for up to five years.
Following the workshop, Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer will present her neurological research in a historical and humanistic context in a Leibniz Lecture entitled A Walk Down Memory’s Path. Prof. Monyer is department head of clinical neurobiology at the Universität Heidelberg and received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2009. In 2004, she was awarded a Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award.
Established in 1985, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is conferred by the German Research Foundation, Germany’s central, self-governing research funding organization, for outstanding achievements in research. Worth € 2.5 million, the prize gives recipients the freedom to pursue their own scientific agenda by expanding their research opportunities and relieving them of administrative tasks. In the 25 years since its inception, a total of 280 Leibniz Prizes have been awarded; six of the recipients have also received the Nobel Prize.
All events will take place at the German House New York (871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue, btw. 48th & 49th Streets).
The German Center for Research and Innovation, which opened in February 2010, provides information and support for the realization of cooperative and collaborative projects between North America and Germany in the humanities, science, and technology. With the goal of enhancing communication on the critical challenges of the 21st century, GCRI hosts a wide range of events from lectures and exhibitions to workshops and science dinners. Launched as a cornerstone of the German government’s initiative to internationalize science and research, it is one of five centers worldwide.
The GCRI website, www.germaninnovation.org, will be launched soon.