European Research Council (ERC)

Societal Challanges

The European Research Council supports frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields which introduce unconventional and innovative approaches. A total budget of 13 095 million euro is available for the implementation of the ERC funding schemes under Horizon 2020 through:

  • ERC Starting Grant for young, early-career top researchers (2-7 years after PhD) - up to 2 million euro for a period of 5 years
  • ERC Consolidator Grant for already independent excellent researchers 7-12 years after PhD) -up to 2.75 million euro for a period of 5 years
  • ERC Advanced Grant for senior research leaders with significant research achievements in the last 10 years -up to 3.5 million euro for a period of 5 years
  • ERC Proof of Concept Grants for ERC grant holders who want to check the market and/or innovation potential of research results from ERC-projects -up to 150,000 euro for a period of 12 months
  • ERC Synergy Grants for small groups of individual researchers -up to 15 million euro for a period up to 6 years

More information on the ERC fund and the type of grants is available here.