ERC Proof of Concept


Applications can be submitted at any time from the opening date of the call until the final deadline and will be evaluated and selected in three rounds, based on the three cut-off dates as specified below. A Principal Investigator may submit only one eligible application per call (i.e. only one application to all three deadlines):

Objectives and principles

The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects.


The PI must be an ERC frontier research grant holder that is either on-going or where the project has ended less than 12 month before the opening date of this call. The PoC proposal has to draw substantially on ERC funded research. The relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question must be demonstrated.

Size of the grant

Proof of Concept grants can be up to a maximum of EUR 150 000 for a period of 18 months.