Europe & InternationalOur presence in Europe and the rest of the world European Research Council (ERC) Grants

Useful contacts


European and International Affairs:

Dr Agnès Jullien (Director)

Dr Claude Marin-Lamellet (Deputy director)

Dr Virginie Etienne 


Scientific Direction

Dr Serge Piperno (Director)


European Research Council (ERC) Grants

How to participate?


   → You are a highly motivated researcher with a very innovative project idea and you have  already thought to apply to an ERC grant?

    → Are you looking for an excellent laboratory with great facilities to help you carry out this project?


IFSTTAR can meet your requirements!


Our research institute has built an international and European reputation that will give you access to any technical and human resources to fully develop your project.

At IFSTTAR, be sure to be able to work with state-of-the-art equipment and benefit from the many networks in which Ifsttar is involved at the Europeaninternational, academic and industrial levels.

 More information

Please visit our research departments' websites:

  • MAST - Materials and structures department
  • GERS - Geotechnical engineering, Environment, Natural hazards and Earth sciences Department
  • COSYS - Components and systems department
  • TS2 - Transport Health and Safety department
  • AME - Planning, Mobilities and Environment department

Interested ? Then, you just have to contact us: Dr Serge Piperno (Scientific Direction) or Dr Agnès Jullien (European and International Affairs).

You can also find more information about our application procedure here.  


 Exceptional conditions

ERC provides grantees with  very favourable conditions, as the grants are awarded for a period of 5 years and for amounts from 1,5 to 3,5 million euros.

With such budgets, grantees are ensured to be able to recruit the best team and to lead and implement freely their  research project.

They would also benefit from the ERC label of excellence and from its international recognition.


At the frontiers of knowledge

ERC funds innovative projects. The aim is to provides brilliant researchers with outstanding resources and facilities to allow them to carry out extraordinary (and at-risk) research at the frontiers of knowledge.


Which ERC grant is made for me ? 

There are 4 types of ERC grants:

  • Starting Grant (StG) for young researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD, with a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal (up to 1.5 million euros)
  • Consolidator Grant (CoG) for researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD, who wants to consolidate independence by establishing a research team, with a scientific track record  showing great promise and an excellent research project (up to 2 million euros)
  • Advanced Grant (AdG) for established, leading, principal investigator who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking high-risk project and who have a track record of significant achievements in the last 10 years (up to 2,5 millions d’euros).
  • Proof of Concept (PoC) for ERC grantees who want to explore the commercial or societal potential of their work.