European Project Platform


Objective: assisting those who want to set up a European research project and/or academic program (network coordinators and/or collaborative project coordinators, ERC candidates, candidates for individual Marie Sklodowska-Curie scholarships).

To supplement the work of the European correspondents of partner institutions, IdEx Bordeaux offers several support tools for the preparation of the projects, put forward in coordination with partner institutions.

Access to these tools is reserved to coordinators of collaborative research/training projects, ERC applicants and candidates for individual Marie Sklodowska Curie scholarships. It is subject to the approval of the IdEx Bordeaux operating committee following the submission of a request sent via the European correspondent of the institution concerned.

The following is made available:

  • Access to consulting firms specialized in advisory services for the setup of projects
  • Assistance with proofreading (possibly in English) of the project proposal
  • Access to a collaborative workspace on the IdEx Bordeaux website

Along with these tools, IdEx Bordeaux has recruited two experienced European project officers, who provide assistance in addition to the support already offered by the institutions.

IdEx Bordeaux also provides operational and financial support to the CLAIRE network (Club Aquitain d’Information sur la Recherche Européenne) for its training, information, and awareness-raising initiatives.


European Project Platform

Christiane Andriamandroso
European project manager

Charline Claveau
European project manager

European correspondents of partner institutions

International relations officer of Bordeaux Sciences Agro

Head of the CNRS' European section

Research delegation, Sciences Po Bordeaux

Scientific missions officer, Inserm

Scientific affairs officer, Bordeaux INP

Correspondents of the Bureau of International Projects, University of Bordeaux

Correspondents of the Project Engineering and Enhancement Division, Bordeaux Montaigne University

Focus on the "ERC Support" program

In addition to the tools set up in 2014 providing increased support for the submission of European projects, IdEx Bordeaux offers a new "ERC support" program aimed at assisting ERC applicants in the downstream phase of their evaluation, in the prospect of a new submission the following year.

This initiative is aimed at A rated applicants who failed to obtain funding. Depending on the ERC category, this support consists of the following:

  • for "starting grant" or "consolidator grant" applicants, seed funding enabling them to consolidate the scientific project submitted, and get the support of a consultant to submit a new application. The seed funding, of a maximum of €60,000 over a period of 1 year, can be used to initiate research work without waiting for the result of the new submission.
  • for "advanced grant" applicants, intensive support and advice from a consultant for the submission of a new application.

Eligibility conditions

Any researcher or lecturer-researcher on the Bordeaux site having submitted an application for an ERC grant in 2015, supported by one of the partner institutions of IdEx Bordeaux and having obtained an A rating in the evaluations. Beneficiaries of this support are not eligible for a new request.

Rules for the submission of requests

Upon receipt of the ERC evaluation report, eligible applicants must contact the European bureau of their home institution, which will submit the request to IdEx Bordeaux.

This request must be backed by:

  • the evaluation report (ESR)
  • a letter stating the researcher's commitment to submit a new ERC application in the 2016 call for proposals
  • for ERC starting grants and consolidator grants, a brief stating and justifying the amount sought in seed funding
  • the granting of seed funding (for starting grant and consolidator grant applicants, who are the only ones eligible) is subject to approval by the management board of IdEx Bordeaux
2 European project officers hired  1 support program set up for collaborative project coordinators, ITN or ERC training networks, facilitating the use of consulting services 195 contracts under the Framework Program for Research and Development (PCRD, 2007-2013)
46 H2020 contracts financed (2014 and 2015) Nearly 50% of H2020 projects submitted as coordinator (4 times more than for the 7th PCRD) 6 ERC workshops organized by the CLAIRE network (with the support of IdEx)
Stéphanie DEBETTE, professeur d’épidémiologie à l’université de Bordeaux (Centre Inserm U897) et praticien hospitalier en neurologie au CHU de Bordeaux

The support provided by the IdEX Grant Office as on previous occasions, has been instrumental to the success of the project. We are extremely grateful for the availability and highly relevant advice and support of Mrs. Andriamandroso on the items listed above, despite very short notice. This type of support is a key element to help researchers comply with European grant requirements and specific scopes and rules of each type of European call, and to understand and address questions related to ethics and PPI related aspects.

Stéphanie DEBETTE,
Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bordeaux (Inserm Center U897), Neurologist at the Bordeaux university hospital (CHU) et lauréate ERC (starting) 

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