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 – Results Synergy grants 2019 call

The evaluation results of the 2019 Synergy grant call have been announced by ERCEA. The ERC Synergy grants enable groups of two to four top researchers to bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources in one research project.


ERC – Number of proposals submitted 2019 POC 3rd cut-off 19/09/2019

A total of 251 proposals were submitted in response to the third and final deadline (19 September 2019) of the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept Lump Sum Pilot Call (ERC-2019-PoC). Compared to the PoC 2018 3rd deadline it is 33% more applications. Overall the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept call received 520 proposals (15% more than the 2018 PoC call).