A key role in the European Research Area
The CNRS is mobilising for the Horizon 2020 programme
The Treaty of Lisbon (2009) set the goal of creating a European Research Area (ERA) (art. 179 TFUE). To meet its target of building a knowledge-based society, Europe relies on innovation to promote competitiveness, growth, and employment. The CNRS is actively involved in this challenge and has participated in all of the European Commission’s framework programmes for research and development (FP). It is now mobilising for Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation scheme for 2014-2020, which has three objectives: scientific excellence, industrial innovation, and major societal challenges.
The European priority
For the CNRS, Europe is a priority that translates concretely into the institution’s participation in European calls for proposals, the construction and management of research infrastructures, and the development of European research organisations and networks of influence for research policy. This openness towards Europe is an integral part of the CNRS strategy for promoting both its scientific achievements and attractiveness.
A strong commitment to excellence programmes
European Research Council (ERC) grants
Among excellence programmes, the ERC (European Research Council), which was created in 2007, finances ambitious exploratory research at the frontier of knowledge. Individual grants are given to high-flying scientists across the globe, on the condition that they conduct the research connected to the grant within a European institution. Allocated for a duration of four to five years, ERC grants offer an exceptional opportunity to finance innovative research work that involves risk-taking. They notably allow young researchers to set up teams around their projects. In light of the programme’s selectiveness, being a host institution for ERC grant recipients is a mark of distinction. In 2017, the CNRS launched a dedicated website to assist laureates and enhance their research.