European Research Council (ERC)

The European Research Council (ERC) funds frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields which introduce unconventional and innovative approaches. The ERC's mission is to stimulate the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.


The following types of ERC grants get funded:

  • The ERC Starting Grant is for young, early-career top researchers (2-7 years after PhD) -up to 2 million euro for a period of 5 years.
  • The ERC Consolidator Grant is for already independent excellent researchers 7-12 years after PhD) -up to 2.75 million euro for a period of 5 years.
  • The ERC Advanced Grant is 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.
  • The ERC Proof of Concept Grants are 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.
  • The ERC Synergy Grant is for small groups of individual researchers -up to 15 million euro for a period up to 6 years.