Fostering Science


Helping researchers in Grenoble answer calls for proposals from the European Commission.

FOSTERING ERC was launched in 2012 by the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and its GIANT alliance partners to help researchers answer competitive calls for proposals and carry out innovative research projects in a Grenoble institution. The program was originally focused on calls for proposals from the European Research Council, but was expanded in 2017 within the framework of the UGA IDEX project. Under the new name of FOSTERING Science, it now covers all of Grenoble’s institutions and research fields and additional funding opportunities such as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

FOSTERING Science’s approach complements those adopted by Grenoble’s various research institutions. Aiming to encourage applications for European grants, the program raises awareness among researchers about funding opportunities, provides information to help them assess their eligibility for funding, and offers support throughout the application process to increase their chances of success. Researchers can benefit from training in writing skills, interview preparation sessions, and an application proofreading service.

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European Research Council - ERC

Nobel Prizes look to the past. ERC grants look to the future.

The European Research Council (ERC) funds frontier scientific research. The ERC program is dedicated to exploratory research, with recipients selected solely based on scientific excellence.

Four types of individual grant and one joint grant are available:

  • Starting Grants, for early-career researchers with 2 to 7 years of experience after PhD; 
  • Consolidator Grants, for early-career researchers with 7 to 12 years of experience after PhD;
  • Advanced Grants, for established research leaders;
  • Proof of Concept Grants, for existing ERC grant holders, to help bring their research ideas closer to market;
  • Synergy Grants are available for two to four researchers combining their skills and resources in an ambitious joint project.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) support researchers with career development and cross-border collaboration and exchanges. Funding is available for all fields and for researchers of all ages, abilities, and nationalities. MSCA adopts a bottom-up approach, with applicants free to choose their research topics.