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ERC – Proof of Concept 2017: 30% of French laureates come from Univ. Grenoble Alpes

On Thursday February 8th, 2018, the European Research Council published the results of the third and last round of the call “Proof of Concept” 2017. Amongst the 160 laureates are 16 academic staff active in France, of which 5 in Grenoble.
The “Proof of Concept” call for project targets laureates of an ERC grant (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy Grant). Its aim is the valorization of research results and the development of the innovation potential of an idea stemming from their ERC project.

160 projects have been selected this year in Europe (out of 532 applications), for a total of 24 million €. With 16 selected projects, France is in the third position, together with the Netherlands, and after the United Kingdom (27 projects) and Germany (24 projects).

Who are the laureates at Univ. Grenoble Alpes?

Olivier David, Inserm, ERC PoC 2017

Olivier David
Inserm researcher, Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences (GIN, Inserm/UGA)
Project name: EXCITATOR
Title of the project: Active probing of brain excitability by electrical micro-stimulations for drug discovery
Laureate of an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2013 for his project F-TRACT – Functional Brain Tractography.


Radu Horaud, Inria, ERC PoC 2017

Radu Horaud

Researcher at Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes
Project name: VHIALab
Title of the project: Vision and Hearing In Action Laboratory
Laureate of an ERC Advanced Grant in 2013 for his project VHIA – Vision and Hearing In Action.



Catherine Picart, Grenoble INP, ERC poC 2017 
Catherine Picart
Catherine Picart
Professor at Grenoble INP – Phelma, Laboratory of materials and physical engineering (LMGP, CNRS/Grenoble INP)
Project name: REGENERBONE
Title of the project: Regenerating large bone defects
Laureate of an ERC Starting Grant in 2010 for her project BIOMIM, of an ERC Proof of Concept in 2012 for her project OSCODI, and of an ERC Proof of Concept in 2015 for her project BIOACTIVECOATINGS.

Manuel Thery, CEA, ERC PoC 2017
Manuel Thery

CEA researcher, Institute of biosciences and biotechnologies, Grenoble (BIG, CNRS/CEA/UGA)
Project name: MATADOR
Title of the project: MAmmary chemoresistant Tumor deAth by Directed cell Orientation
Laureate of an ERC Starting Grant in 2012 for his project SPICY – Spatial Integration in Cell Cytoskeleton and of an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2017 for his project ICEBERG - Exploration below the tip of the microtubule.


Olivier Arcizet, CNRS, ERC PoC 2017

Olivier Arcizet

CNRS researcher, Institut Néel, Grenoble (CNRS)
Project name: CARTOFF
Project title: Ultrasensitive Cartography of vectorial force fields at the nanoscale Laureate of an ERC Starting Grant in 2012 for his project HQ-NOM - Hybrid quantum nano-optomechanics.



Univ. Grenoble Alpes, a world-class academic campus

With 75 laureates since the start of ERC grants, the Grenoble campus boasts the highest number of grants in France after Île-de-France: 21 “Advanced Grants”, 39 “Starting Grants”, and 15 “Consolidator Grants”. With the results of the last round, Grenoble staff have been awarded 11 “Proof of Concept” grants so far, confirming a leadership supported notably by the FOSTERING Science scheme, with the backing of IDEX Univ. Grenoble Alpes. This program informs academic staff of the opportunities offered by European funding instruments, enables them to assess their eligibility, and get detailed information and support to apply with the highest chances of success.

Published on May 28, 2018