European Research Council (ERC)

The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence. Being ‘investigator-driven’, or ‘bottom-up’, in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians.

Five ERC frontier research grants will be available under the ERC Work Programme 2018.

  • Starting Grants
  • Consolidator Grants
  • Advanced Grants
  • Synergy Grants
  • Proof of Concept Grants

The ERC Scientific Council has analysed the pilot phase of the ERC Synergy Grant (calls were made under Work Programmes 2012 and 2013) and decided to reintroduce the call for Synergy grants under the Work Programme 2018.

Restrictions on applications will apply from the 2017 and 2018 calls based on the outcome of the evaluation of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 calls. For more information, see restrictions on submission of proposals under “Eligibility criteria” in the ERC Work Programme 2017 and 2018.

ERC Principal Investigators will also continue to be able to apply for the Proof of Concept Grant, first introduced under the revised Work Programme 2011.



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Successful participation of stakeholders in Flanders in Horizon 2020

This overview is a first in a series of periodic overviews of successful Flemish participants in Horizon 2020 projects. A summary can be found on page one. A more detailed overview of these projects and participants can be found from page 2 onwards.


ERC President appointed by European Commission

Today the European Commission has appointed professor Mauro Ferrari as President of the ERC. His mandate starts on 1 January 2020 and will last 4 years. The mandate of the current President of the ERC Jean-Pierre Bourguignon ends on 31 December 2019.


ERC - Results Proof of Concept 2019 call 1st cut-off

The results of the 2019 Proof of Concept call (1st cut-off 23 January 2019) were published. In total 54 ERC grant holders received a Proof of Concept grant including two researchers based at Flemish host institutions:


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ERC grantees at Pint of Science Festival Belgium


SAVE THE DATE - European Research and Innovation Days 2019