Scientific Top Quality via the European Research Council

The European Research Council supports frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields.
Contact
Anne Overgaard Jørgensen
Tlf.: +45 72 31 84 51
Email: aoj@ufm.dk
Jonas Toft Ludvigsen
Tlf.: +45 72 31 78 13
Email: jto@ufm.dk

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research.

What can You Apply For?

Talented European researchers can obtain support to conduct excellent research of the highest scientific quality. It is possible to apply for funding for research projects in all fields of science which can contribute to research breakthroughs. The scientific quality is the only evaluation criterion for the grant.

Types of Funding

  • ERC Starting Grant for young, early-career researchers (2-7 years after PhD)
  • ERC Consolidator Grant for already independent researchers (7-12 years after PhD).
  • ERC Advanced Grant for senior research leaders with significant research achievements in the last 10 years 
  • ERC Proof of Concept Grants for ERC grant holders who want to check the market and/or innovation potential of research results from ERC-projects
  • ERC Synergy Grants for small groups of individual researchers.

Who can Apply?

The programme is open to all researchers worldwide, but it is a requirement that research be conducted in an EU Member State or associated country.  

Deadlines

The first calls have already been published. See the current calls and deadlines here:

Requirements for Applicants

For the Starting Grant

  • The applicant (Principal Investigator) must be awarded his/her first PhD level between minimum two and up to seven years ahead of the publication of the call.
  • Five key publications in international scientific journals
  • Some focus may also be placed on patents, awards, etc.  

For Consolidator Grant

  • The applicant (Principal Investigator) must be awarded his/her first PhD level between minimum seven and up to twelve years before the publication of the call
  • Ten Essential publications in international scientific journals
  • Some focus may also be placed on patents, awards, etc.  

For the Advanced Grant

  • Applicants (Principal Investigator) is expected to be active researchers and have a track record of significant scientific advances.
  • Min. ten representative publications (senior author) in recognized international scientific journals
  • Some focus may also be placed on patents, awards, expeditions etc.

For Proof of Concept

  • Applicants must have either a current ERC project or have completed an ERC project within 12 months prior to the date of entry.

The Synergy Grant

  • Two to four applicants (Principal Investigator) can together apply for this type of ERC Grant
  • The goal is to give support to a close collaborative interaction that will enable transformative research at the forefront of science, capable of yielding ground-breaking or even unpredictable scientific results and/or cross-fertilizing disciplines
  • The ambition is to open the way to results that are more than just the sum of the Principal Investigators' individual contributions
  • An ERC Synergy Grant lasts up to six years and one can apply for up to 10 mio. euros

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last modified Mar 13, 2019