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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