Excellent Science

The four main activities in Excellent Science aims to increase the quality and strengthen expertise within new and pioneering research in the EU. The pillar supports projects that prospectively will strengthen research and innovation in the EU and make the European research system competitive at the global level.



Funding opportunity
Excellent Science is divided into four areas with the following funding opportunities:

1: The European Research Council (ERC)supports frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields which introduce unconventional and innovative approaches. ERC awards the major individual scholarships for excellent researchers and has three main types of applications:
  • ERC Starting Grants
  • ERC Consolidator Grants
  • ERC Advanced Grants.


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2: Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) is a visionary and explorative initiative which has as its primary goal to initiate radically new and unexplored technologies, advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering. FET goes beyond what is known and aims to promote visionary thinking, through which powerful, new and promising technologies will develop. FET has three complementary lines of action to address different methodologies and scales, from new ideas to long-term challenges: FET Open, FET Proactive and FET Flagships.

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3: Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions-(MSCA) has as its primary mission to support the career development of excellent researchers at different career stages (primarily at PhD and postdoc level). The programme characterises by supporting mobility of researcher and career development, but also education of younger researchers and especially the support of free research originating in the knowledge and ideas of the individual researchers, within and across all scientific fields. MSCA in Horizon 2020 consists of the following schemes:
  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
  • Individual Fellowships (IF)
  • Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)

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4: European Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructure (ESFRI)(supports activities witch aim to develop the European research infrastructure and e-infrastructure until 2020 and thereafter foster the innovative potential of the supported projects, as well as strengthening the political engagement within European research infrastructure. The main goal of ESFRI is to:
  • Develop European research infrastructures
  • Ensure a broad access to national and European infrastructures to optimise utilisation and use of infrastructure facilities
  • Promote infrastructure's potential for innovation
  • Strengthen political engagement and international collaboration on European research infrastructure

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Eligibility criteria

Eligibility and project requirements depend on the specific topic and call. Please contact us for further information.

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation criteria depend on the specific topic and call. Please contact us for further information.

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Please contact us and receive free Rådgivningsmøte og Grant Scan for an overview of your funding opportunities within Excellent Science, contact Kenneth Junge Hermansen on +45 3120 5538 or write an e-mail to kjh@nordicinnovators.dk.