| deadline: 31 August 2017
ERC Advanced Grants – Support for Excellent Experienced Researchers
Are you an established, leading principal investigator who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? Then the ERC Advanced Grant could be for you. Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution) located in one of the EU Member States or associated countries.
Who can apply?
Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants - called Principal Investigators
(PI) - are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of
significant research achievements in the last 10 years.
The Principal Investigators should be exceptional leaders in terms of
originality and significance of their research contributions. No
specific eligibility criteria with respect to the academic requirements
What proposals are eligible?
Applications can be made in any field of research.
The ERC's grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities.
Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI). It could be the HI where the applicant already works, or any other HI located in one of the EU Member States or associated countries.
Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by a single Principal
Investigator (PI) in conjunction with and on behalf of their Host
Institution, called the applicant legal entity.
Grants are awarded to the Host Institution with the explicit
commitment that this institution offers appropriate conditions for the
Principal Investigator independently to direct the research and manage
its funding for the duration of the project.
Any type of legal entity, including universities, research centres and
undertakings can host the PI and his/her team. Legally the host
institution must be based in one of the EU Member States, or one of the associated countries.
The PI does not necessarily need to be working at the host institution
at the time when the proposal is submitted. However, a mutual agreement
and the host institution’s commitment on how the relationship will be
established are necessary, should the proposal be successful.
ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher
who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is
also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European
Vacancies for team members interested in joining an ERC led research project, can be published on the Euraxess-Jobs portal.
Initiatives, under the form of 'Implementing Arrangements', exist for
ERC-funded teams in Europe to host non-European talented scientists.
Find out more about the agreements.
Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years.
(pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional € 1
million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for
researchers moving from a third country to the EU or an associated
country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large
An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of
the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs
towards indirect costs.
How to apply?
ERC grant applications can only be submitted in response to a Call for Proposals.
The ERC has yearly calls for proposals covering all scientific fields.
For an ERC grant application to be complete, it needs to include the
administrative forms, the research proposal and the supplementary
documents. The completed proposal should be submitted by the specified
Learn more about this call from the European Commission’s Participant Portal.
Source and further details: European Research Council