European Research Council (ERC)

The European Research Council (ERC) provides funding support to excellent frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields which suggest innovative approaches. The ERC, set up in 2007 under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme, is the main instrument of 'Excellence' in Horizon 2020.

The ERC awards grants solely on the basis of scientific excellence through open competition. The projects may be open to top researchers of any nationality or age who wish to conduct research in the EU Member States or associated countries.
 
There are three ERC core funding schemes and two additional schemes. There are annual calls for proposals. The ERC grants are long-term funding for a period of up to five years. The maximum grant amount varies by grant type, but it will cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of research and a contribution towards indirect costs.
 

Starting Grants

The Starting Grants scheme aims to enable researchers at start of their career to establish new research teams and bring new ideas to research field.

This scheme provides support to up-and-coming researchers who have been awarded their PhD between 2 and 7 years after their PhD.

Applicants may be at the stage of creating their research team, and may submit proposal individually. Duration of projects is up to 5 years, and the maximum grant funding is up to  € 1.5 million (in some circumstances up to € 2 million).

More information is available from UiO Factsheet on Starting Grants and UKRO Factsheet on ERC which can be found on the right under "Factsheets".

Consolidator Grants

The Consolidator Grants scheme intends to help more experienced researchers in consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

This scheme supports researchers who have been awarded a PhD between 7 and 12 years after their PhD, and have a promising scientific track record.

Duration of projects is up to 5 years, and the maximum grant funding is up to € 2 million (in some circumstances up to € 2.75 million).

More information is available from UiO Factsheet on Consolidator Grants and UKRO Factsheet on ERC which can be found on the right under "Factsheets".

Advanced Grants

The Advanced Grants scheme is designed to support excellent established research leaders to carry on ground-breaking, high-risk research.

Applicants must be scientifically independent and have an excellent track record of research achievements. The projects may be in any field of science, engineering and scholarship, and should be highly ambitious, pioneering and unconventional in their approach.

Duration of projects is up to 5 years, and the maximum grant funding is up to € 2.5 million (in some circumstances up to € 3.5 million).

More information is available from UiO Factsheet on Consolidator Grants and UKRO Factsheet on ERC which can be found on the right under "Factsheets".

Proof of Concept

The Proof of Concept scheme aims to help existing ERC grant holders (ERC Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grants), or those whose ERC grants have recently finished. Applicants can apply for additional funding to set up the innovation potential of ideas  from their ERC-projects.

Duration of project is up to 18 months,  and the maximum grant funding is up € 150 000.

More information is available from UiO Factsheet on Proof of Concept and UKRO Factsheet on ERC which can be found on the right under "Factsheets".

Synergy Grants

The Synergy Grants scheme was designed to support small groups of two to four Principal Investigators (PIs) and their teams from the same or similar disciplines to jointly address frontier research issues. There are no specific eligibility requirements concerning PIs, but only exceptional proposals are likely to be supported.

Duration of project is up to 6 years, and the maximum grant funding  up to € 15 million (pro rata for projects of shorter duration).

The Synergy Grant scheme will open angain for the 2018 call. No further information is available at the moment.

Tags: Horizon 2020, ERC, Starting grant, Consolidator grant, Advanced grant, Excellence, Horizon 2020
Published Dec. 17, 2014 9:48 AM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2018 1:32 PM