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 2020.

  • 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.

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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ERC research and outreach to the wider public

Two projects were funded under ERC which were dedicated to the communication of ERC projects: 'ERCComics' and 'ERC=science2'


ERC Virtual Venture Fair

ERC has set up an online pilot platform, the “Virtual Venture Fair”, to ease connections between ERC funded scientists and possible investors.


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 - Extended submission date - ERC-2020-COG

Extended submission date: ERC-2020-COG

Number of proposals submitted - Call for proposals for ERC Proof of Concept Grant - ERC-2020-PoC


A total of 148 proposals were submitted in response to the first intermediate deadline of this call (initially 21 January 2020, but extended 48 hours to 23 January due to IT issues with EU login).


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ERC Advanced grants info session