About the program/Scholarship:
European Research Council (ERC) announces the ERC Grants for Researchers of Any Nationality with the Opportunity to receive € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years. This opportunity will fit you if you are a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent work.
About European Research Council (ERC):
The ERC, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premier European funding organization for excellent frontier research. It funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe.
- Starting Grants may be awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years. However, an additional € 1 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving from a third country to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities and/or other major experimental and fieldwork costs.
- An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.
- Researchers of any nationality can apply.
- You must have from 2 to 7 years of experience since completion of your Ph.D.
- Applications can be made in any field of research.
- Grants are awarded to the Host Institution with the explicit commitment that this institution offers appropriate conditions for the Principal Investigator independently to direct the research and manage its funding for the duration of the project.
- Any type of legal entity, including universities, research centers, and undertakings can host the PI and his/her team. Legally the host institution must be based in one of the EU Member States or one of the associated countries.
- The PI does not necessarily need to be working at the host institution at the time when the proposal is submitted.
- ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country.
- Vacancies for team members interested in joining an ERC-led research project, can be published on the Euraxess-Jobs portal
No specific nationality required
- No specific age required
How to Apply:
- You will need to include the administrative forms, the research proposal, and the supplementary documents by the specified closing date.
- You can find the published calls here.
Before the call is published:
- Find out which ERC grant and which call is suitable for you.
- Identify the host institution and team members you would like to work with. (see also the online research partner search services).
- Contact the National Contact Point (NCP) in your country for support.
Once the call is open:
- Read the call documents carefully.
- Contact the host institution and gather all the details you need for the application.
- Start writing your proposal. Allow time for other people to review your draft. Your NCP, peers and other scientists can all give you helpful support and feedback.
- Familiarise yourself with the EU submission service. This is the online system through which proposals must be submitted.
- Submit your proposal as early as possible. Deadlines cannot be changed under any circumstances. You can update your submitted proposal any time before the deadline by simply submitting a new version, which will overwrite the old one.
- You will get an ‘acknowledgement of receipt’ by e-mail for each submission.