European Research Council (ERC) Current Calls

European Research Council (ERC) funding schemes are open to top researchers of any nationality or age who wish to carry out their frontier research in the 28 EU Member States or associated countries.
There are 4 core funding schemes and one additional scheme for ERC grant holders.

 

Workprogramme ERC 2018 (PDF)

Starting Grants

ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams.

  • For researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise
  • An excellent research proposal
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries 
  • Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal

Call: ERC-2018-StG
Call Opens: 3 Aug 2017
Deadline: 17 Oct 2017
Budgets million EUR: 581
Estimated grants: 391

more about ERC StG

 

Consolidator Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

ERC Consolidator Grants in brief

  • For researchers of any nationality with over 7 and up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise
  • An excellent research proposal
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries 
  • Funding per grant: up to € 2 million
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal

Call: ERC-2018-CoG
Call Opens: 24 Oct 2017
Deadline: 15 Feb 2018
Budgets million EUR: 550
Estimated grants: 287

more about ERC CoG

 

Advanced Grants

ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.

The ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right. 

  • Research field: any field of science, engineering and scholarship
  • Researchers: any nationality, any age. Applicants must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track-record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal
  • Host Institution: research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries
  • Funding: up to € 2.5 million per grant 
  • Duration: up to 5 years

Call: ERC-2018-AdG
Call Opens: 17 May 2018
Deadline: 30 Aug 2018
Budgets million EUR: 450
Estimated grants: 194

more about ERC AdG

 

Proof of Concept Grants

"Proof of Concept" is a funding scheme open to researchers who have already been awarded an ERC grant. Its purpose is to help ERC grantees explore the innovation potential of their research or support commercialisation of the results of their ERC-funded research. 

  • All Principal Investigators benefitting from an ERC Advanced, Synergy, Consolidator or Starting Grant that is either ongoing, or where the project has ended less than 12 months before the publication date of an ERC Proof of Concept call. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.
  • More than one Proof of Concept Grant may be awarded per ERC funded frontier research project but only one Proof of Concept project may be running at any one time for the same ERC frontier research project.
  • Funding per grant: up to € 150.000
  • Duration: up to 18 months

Call: ERC-2018-PoC
Call Opens: 6 Sep 2017
Deadlines: 16 Jan 2018; 18 Apr 2018; 11 Sep 2018
Budgets million EUR: 20
Estimated grants: 130

more about ERC PoC

 

ERC Synergy Grants

Synergy Grants can bring together top researchers with complementary skills and knowledge and enable them to jointly address a commonly chosen challenging research problem in unconventional ways, potentially leading to major breakthroughs that scientists would not be able to achieve working alone.

In 2012 and 2013, the ERC opened two competitions for Synergy Grants on a pilot basis. The evaluation of the 24 projects supported in these two calls indicated that these grants represent a valuable addition to the existing ERC funding schemes. The European Research Council (ERC) resumes the ERC Synergy Grants scheme in the Work Programme 2018/19.

Call: ERC-2018-SyG
Call Opens: 03 Aug 2017
Deadlines: 14 Nov 2017
Budgets million EUR: 250
Estimated grants: 30

more about ERC SyG

 

 

 

Step by Step to ERC Grants

More information