ERC Synergy Grants


 The ERC Synergy Grant scheme will be relaunched. This years's call is expected to be published on 3 August 2017 with a deadline of 14 November 2017.

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

The perspective is to fund 25 to 30 projects in 2018, with grants of maximum 10 M€ for up to 6 years. The ERC Synergy Grant scheme is limited to researchers not currently holding an ERC grant (Starting, Consolidator or Advanced).