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Horizon Europe - European Research Council (ERC)

15-03-2021

Are you a scientific researcher? And do you work at an international top-level? The European Research Council (ERC) supports frontier scientific research in Europe. ERC offers scientists a personal subsidy for their fundamental research projects. Talented, new scientists and more experienced researchers with a pioneering research idea can take part.

All fields of science are eligible for funding. Research funded by the ERC leads to advanced knowledge. It sets a clear and inspirational target for frontier research. Peer review panels evaluate subsidy applications. The panels involve renowned scientists and scholars.

Budget and calls for proposals

The budget for ERC is 16 billion euros for the period 2021-2027.

ERC publishes several calls for proposals. Each type of subsidy has a deadline once a year. For more information on calls for proposals, visit the ERC website and the European Commission’s Funding and Tender opportunities portal.

Conditions

ERC offers 4 types of frontier research subsidies:

  • ERC Starting Grant

This budget for this subsidy is a maximum of 1.5 million euros for 5 years.
For excellent researchers 2 to 7 years after their PhD, who want to start an independent research team or programme.

  • ERC Consolidator Grant

This budget for this subsidy is a maximum of 2 million euros for 5 years.
For excellent researchers 7 to 12 years after PhD, who want to consolidate their independent research team or programme.

  • ERC Advanced Grant

This budget for this subsidy is a maximum of 2.5 million euros for 5 years.
For established research leaders with a recognised track-record of research achievements.

  • ERC Synergy Grant

This budget for this subsidy is a maximum of 10 million euros for 6 years.
To address ambitious research questions that only a small group of 2-4 principal investigators can answer.

For more information on the different subsidies and conditions, visit the ERC website. Also, we recommend you watch the online ERC classes to learn everything you need to know before applying for an ERC grant.

Questions or advice?

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency hosts the National Contact Point for the European Research Council in Horizon Europe. Contact our ERC advisors for questions and advice on your ERC application or project.