ERC Ideas laureates

logo ERCThrough its new Ideas programme, the European Research Council (ERC) is offering talented researchers the opportunity to make their mark on the international stage. The programme is intended to stimulate outstanding research that goes beyond the limitations of existing research disciplines. Researchers are encouraged to take risks and be creative in their work. The Ideas programme provides ‘Starting Grants’ to researchers who are just starting out, and ‘Advanced Grants’ to those who are more experienced.

Starting Grants


Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others that have been recently created.

WhoResearch Year
Klaauw, Bas van derBas van der Klaauw is researching the effect of government interventions in the labour market and the relationship between health and labour market results.2008 

Advanced Grants


Advanced Grants complement the Starting Grant funding scheme by targeting researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right. Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders in any field of science, engineering and scholarship to pursue frontier research of their choice. The aim to encourage risk-taking and interdisciplinarity, and to support pioneering frontier research projects.

WhoResearchYear
Withagen en Van der PloegCees Withagen and Rick van der Ploeg investigate pitfalls and paradoxes in the design of climate policy.2010
Verhoef 50x50Erik Verhoef investigates the functioning, failing, and steering networks in movement and transport.2009