The European Research Council (ERC) was created in 2007 to stimulate high-quality research. It supports innovative researchers when making their teams with attractive funding opportunities.
ERC grants are awarded as a result of a competition among projects led by researchers who work or wish to work in Europe, at the beginning of their career or by those who are already established. The only selection criterion is scientific excellence.
The quality of U.Porto's Research ecosystem is visible through the increasing amount of grants awarded. The University's researchers have obtained 18 ERC grants of different types – 11 Starting Grants, 4 Consolidator Grants, 2 Advanced Grants and 1 Synergy Grant.