The European Research Council's main goal is to provide long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk/high-gain research. This research is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and should serve as an inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.
ERC funding is given through grant applications. These applications are reviewed by renowned scientists and scholars selected by the ERC. The ERC's peer review evaluation process has been carefully designed to identify scientific excellence irrespective of the gender, age, nationality or institution of the Principal Investigator and other potential biases, and to take career breaks, as well as unconventional research career paths, into account.
A unique feature of the ERC is that it is operates entirely on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities.
ERC grants are available to researchers looking to consolidate their own independent research team or programme, as well as to already established researchers. ERC grants are awarded to individual teams which are headed by a single Principal Investigator. Support for consortia is provided by other calls under Horizon Europe.
Type of grants:
Please find more detailed information in the ERC Work Programme