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Are you a researcher with an excellent scientific profile and with visionary research projects in mind that you want to realise in Europe? The European Research Council (ERC) has a funding scheme that will meet your needs.

The European Research Council supports frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields which introduce unconventional and innovative approaches. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence. A total budget of 13 095 million euro is available for the implementation of the ERC funding schemes under Horizon 2020.
 

What are the main ERC principles?

  • 1 researcher; 1 host institution; 1 project; 1 selection criterion: scientific excellence
  • No consortia, no networks, no co-financing
  • Applications can be made in any field of research, including social sciences and humanities
  • Independent researchers from anywhere in the world, of any age and career stage can apply
  • Host institutions must provide conditions for the researcher to direct the research and manage its funding
  • The grant is 'portable' to another host institution, if the grantholder wishes so
  • Research must be carried out in one of the 28 EU member states or associated countries
     

What type of grants does the ERC fund?

  • ERC Starting Grant for young, early-career top researchers (2-7 years after PhD) -up to 2 million euro for a period of 5 years.
  • ERC Consolidator Grant for already independent excellent researchers 7-12 years after PhD) -up to 2.75 million euro for a period of 5 years.
  • ERC Advanced Grant for senior research leaders with significant research achievements in the last 10 years -up to 3.5 million euro for a period of 5 years.
  • ERC Proof of Concept Grants for ERC grant holders who want to check the market and/or innovation potential of research results from ERC-projects -up to 150,000 euro for a period of 12 months.
  • ERC Synergy Grants for small groups of individual researchers -up to 15 million euro for a period up to 6 years.

Check out the tips and tricks in this step-by-step video guide to the application process.

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23/07/2014 - 02:00

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16/06/2015 - 14:52

Eight years after its launch, the European Research Council (ERC) is celebrating a significant milestone: the funding of its 5,000th researcher. To mark this occasion, a debate in the European Parliament and a symbolic awarding of the grant taking place on 16th of June in Brussels. Read more

13/03/2015 - 12:42

Today, the Minister for Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCYT) of the Republic of Argentina, Lino Barañao, and the Director for International Cooperation of the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate-General, Maria Cristina Russo, honour of the 10th anniversary of the Argentinean-European Union Liaison Office for Science, Technology and Innovation. Read more

03/03/2015 - 15:44

In addition to 328 early-career scientists awarded ERC Starting Grants in December, the European Research Council today announces another 47 winners as part of this 2014 call. They will receive funding, worth up to €2 million per project, to build their own research teams and pursue their best ideas at the frontiers of knowledge. Read more

Project stories

16/07/2015 - 18:13

Controlling a TV set by pushing an invisible, yet tangible button in mid-air or projecting content onto a screen of mist – such futuristic technologies may find their way into our homes sooner than we think. First results of the EU-funded project INTERACT are already attracting a lot of interest from industry. Read more

15/07/2015 - 10:50

Without catalysts, humans wouldn’t have got far. They trigger many of the processes on which we rely, from age-old mechanisms deep down in our cells to the production of contemporary consumer goods. They could also smooth our path towards a sustainable future. EU-funded researcher Xile Hu has delivered promising advances. Read more

15/07/2015 - 10:11

Disability is often associated with access legislation rather than a source of creativity for architects. With her ERC grant, Prof. Ann Heylighen wanted to reverse this perspective. Her findings suggest that disability can be a valuable source of innovative solutions in architecture by extending prevailing ways of understanding space and designing buildings. Read more

Publications

16/06/2015 - 17:37

In 2015, the ERC celebrates its 5000th grant, which is presented in this folder alongside other ongoing and finished projects funded by the ERC in life sciences; physical sciences and engineering; and social sciences and humanities. Read more

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

18/03/2015 - 17:18

This Annual Report covers the activities of the European Research Council (ERC) in its first year under Horizon 2020, the framework programme set up by the European Commission for the support of research and innovation over the period 2014-2020. Read more

Press Release

29/07/2015 - 13:55

The European Commission adopted yesterday the ERC Work Programme 2016. The programme foresees €1.67 billion for grants to top researchers. Within the new series of competitions, the ERC has opened today the first one, the call for Starting Grants 2016, with a budget of €485 million and deadline of 17 November 2015. This scheme is open to researchers with 2 to 7 years of experience since completion of PhD and a promising scientific track record. Read more

08/04/2015 - 18:50

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. Read more

12/03/2015 - 16:33

The European Research Council (ERC) is today announcing the 372 winners of its second Consolidator Grant competition. These excellent mid-career scientists are awarded a total of €713 million, as part of the European Union Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. Grants are worth up to €2.75 million each, with an average of €1.91 million per grant. The funding will enable them to consolidate their research teams and to develop their most innovative ideas. Read more