The ERC funds ground-breaking frontier research projects across all fields of science, in order to support European leadership in world-class research. Support is given to individual outstanding Principal Investigators of any nationality on the basis of scientific excellence.
There are 3 main types of ERC grants:
ERC projects are normally of a high-risk/high-gain nature, cross traditional disciplinary boarders and/or apply innovative approaches. Considerable funding is available: For a project of 5 years duration, a StG can cover up to €1.5 million, a CoG up to €2.0 million and an AdG up to €2.5 million.
ERC grantees can be of any nationality and work anywhere in the world at the time of proposal submission. The proposed host institution must be located in Europe (and needs to confirm their association with the project and support of the Principle Investigator).