One of the fundamental missions of the European Research Council (ERC) is to provide funding for the highest-quality and innovative research in Europe.
To do so, ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence.
The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and confer status and visibility on the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.
Since its creation in 2009, the Department's permanent faculty and researchers have distinguished themselves in bringing home no fewer than thirteen ERC grants.
Indeed, in 2009, Yann Algan was even the first French economist to receive an ERC "Starting" Grant for young researchers. His work was considered so innovative that, in 2015, the ERC awarded him a "Consolidator" Grant. Five other researchers in the department have received ERC Starting Grants: Thierry Mayer, Nicolas Cœurdacier, Guillaume Plantin, Thomas Chaney and Jeanne Hagenbach. In 2010, Jean-Marc Robin was awarded an ERC "Advanced" Grant, Europe’s most prestigious research grant.
In addition to ERC grants, the European Union also finances research through the European Commission's funding programmes. The Department's researchers have obtained substantial grants through the "FP7 funding programme" that ran from 2007 to 2013 (MAPCOMPETE, MACROHIST) and the current "Horizon 2020" programme (ANTICORPOL).
The Department's researchers are fully supported by Sciences Po's Mission of support for research projects (MAPS). The European expertise of the Mission aims to help them answer calls for proposals from European programmes supporting research: FP7 and Horizon 2020.