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European Research Council

Work programme

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:

  • Starting Grants (StG): > 2 years <= 7 years after PhD, budget: up to 1.5 M € for 5 years
    with additional funding up to 1M. Support for excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
  • Consolidator grants (CoG): > 7 and  ≤ 12 years after PhD, budget: up to 2M € for 5 years
    with additional funding op to 1M. Support for excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
  • Advanced grants (AdG): no specific criteria, budget up to 2.5M € for 5 years
    with additional funding op to 1M. Support for excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Please find more detailed information in the ERC Work Programme

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