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European Research Council (ERC)

The ERC funds talented Principal Investigators and their teams to carry out ‘frontier research’ in any discipline. Excellence is the sole criterion for funding – excellence of the PI, and excellence of the proposed research project.
The principal four funding schemes are:

  • Starting Grants: for PIs between two and seven years post PhD. Funding is for up to €2m over five years
  • Consolidator Grants: for PIs between seven and 12 years post-PhD. Funding is for up to €2.75 million over five years
  • Advanced Grants: for established researchers with an excellent track record of research achievements, particularly over the last 10 years. Funding is for up to €3.5 million over five years.
  • Synergy Grants: for 2-4 PIs at any career stage, with excellent track records. Funding is up to €14 million over six years.

In all cases the choice of research project and its implementation methodology are at the discretion of the PI (or PIs for Synergy).

The ERC also funds Proof of Concept grants for existing ERC grant holders (or those whose ERC grants have recently finished) to fund work to verify the innovation potential of an idea arising out of their original ERC project. Funding is for up to €150,000 over 18 months.

Note: the ERC Work Programmes are released on a yearly basis.

More information on the ERC can be found via the ERC’s website.

This page was last updated 14 Nov 2017

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