Important and urgent: new ERC opportunities for OR

We are extremely pleased to announce that, in response to a request from EURO on behalf of all Operational Research academics, the European Research Council (ERC) has agreed to include the term Operational Research in one of the current descriptors of the Mathematics Panel (PE1).

Starting from the 2021 calls the PE1_20 descriptor is renamed into "Control, Optimisation and Operational Research."

I would therefore like to ask you to consider submitting an ERC proposal - this is particularly important for young researchers eligible for Starting Grants (2 to 7 years after Ph.D.).


The European Commission has recently presented
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_685
the ERC Work Programme for 2021
https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/horizon/wp-call/2021/wp_horizon-erc-2021_en.pdf
The launch of the first ERC Call in Horizon Europe, the Starting Grant Call 2021, is foreseen for February 25. The deadline for the Starting Grant Call 2021 has been further postponed to April 8, 2021, whereas the envisaged deadlines for the Consolidator and the Advanced Grant Call 2021 remain unchanged (April 20 and August 31, 2021, respectively).
The updated ERC Call Calendarhttps://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-kicks-off-horizon-europe for 2021 has been published on the ERC homepage, along with a video summarizing key facts and novelties of the ERC Calls under Work Programme 2021.
If you would like to make use of our proposal check for your Starting or Consolidator Grant proposal, please send your draft proposal to [email protected] during the first half of March (Starting Grant) or during the second half of March (Consolidator Grant). Also, we kindly ask you to inform us about the planned arrival date of your proposal in advance.


EURO remains open to any feedback or questions for clarification, and will activate its network to support at its best colleagues willing to submit an ERC proposal.

For the time being, you find below a subset of interesting links on the issue.

2021 ERC descriptors

Information on ERC calls

Information on 2021 Calls

Youtube Tutorials

How to write part B1 of an ERC proposal: https://youtu.be/HsmQRM88yyM How to write part B2 of an ERC proposal: https://youtu.be/4fpHkhitwA0 Important to know when applying: https://youtu.be/O7mOFL2tlQ8 How the evaluation works: https://youtu.be/FFhZX00AUV4

Marc Sevaux,

President of EURO



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