For many years the lack of a visibility of medicinal chemistry as a scientific discipline within the panel structure of the European Research Council (ERC) was a limiting factor for medicinal chemists to submit grant applications and to be successful.
The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) invited Prof. Klaus Bock, at that time Vice-President of ERC, to present a lecture at the opening ceremony of its flagship event, the International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) in Manchester, August 2016. During a follow-up meeting with him, the EFMC President and President-elect discussed this matter and showed the important position of medicinal chemistry in the scientific landscape.
We are grateful that medicinal chemistry is now listed for the first time as a keyword (PE5_18) in the Synthetic Chemistry and Materials Panel (PE5) of the Physical Sciences and Engineering field. This is adopted for all 2019 calls for Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants within ERC.
We hope that this will largely increase the visibility of medicinal chemistry within ERC, that rapidly became the most prestigious funding body to support excellent, investigator-driven frontier research in Europe.
We wish all scientists a lot of success in submitting their grant applications in one of the ERC calls.