Dr. David Krása is Head of Sector for Physical Sciences and Mathematics within the Scientific Management Department of the European Research Council Executive Agency. He is responsible for the evaluation process of submitted proposals and for the scientific follow-up of funded projects. Before starting to work for the agency in 2009, Dr. Krása was working as a researcher in geophysics at the University of Munich (Germany), the University of Hawaii (USA), and as a Royal Society of Edinburgh BP trust research fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UK).
Raising opportunities for Turkish researchers in ERC grants
The European Research Council (ERC) is part of the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon 2020, and supports individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue ground-breaking, frontier research in European Union member states or associated countries. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches. The ERC follows a strict bottom-up approach without any predefined disciplinary priorities. The evaluation of proposals is carried out by high-level peer-reviewers, and scientific excellence is the sole evaluation criterion. ERC awards Starting and Consolidator grants to early career researchers who wish to set up or consolidate their own research group and Advanced Grants to established researchers who have a sustained record of ground-breaking research achievements. In this talk, the main features of ERC funding schemes and specific points to consider when applying for an ERC grant will be presented. ERC projects carried out in Turkey as well as Turkish participation in ERC calls will be highlighted.