ERC Synergy Grants

Objectives and principles 

The aim of Synergy Grants is to address ambitious research questions that can only be answered by the coordinated work of a small group of two to four principal Investigators and their teams. Bringing together complementary skills, knowledge and resources in unprecedented ways shall result in ground-breaking or even unpredictable scientific results and/or cross-fertilizing disciplines.


The scheme is open to all researchers from anywhere in the world, based in Europe or in an Associated Country. Each Principal Investigator must be hosted by and spend 50% of their total working time in an institution established in an EU Member State or Associated Country. They shall spend a minimum of 30% of their total working time on the ERC project. There are no other specific requirements other than high scientific quality and ambition enhanced by the synergetic collaborative aspect of the project. Only exceptionally competitive proposals are likely to be funded.

Size of the grant

Synergy Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 10 000 000 for up to 6 years. The ERC Synergy Grant scheme is limited to researchers not currently holding an ERC grant (Starting, Consolidator or Advanced). However, up to an additional EUR 4 000 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant, and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.