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.
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.
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
Call Opens: 24 Oct 2017
Deadline: 15 Feb 2018
Budgets million EUR: 550
Estimated grants: 287
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.
Call Opens: 17 May 2018
Deadline: 30 Aug 2018
Budgets million EUR: 450
Estimated grants: 194
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.
Call Opens: 6 Sep 2017
Deadlines: 16 Jan 2018; 18 Apr 2018; 11 Sep 2018
Budgets million EUR: 20
Estimated grants: 130
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.