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    European Research Council (ERC)

    It is all about excellence!

    The ERC funds ground-breaking frontier research projects across all fields of science to support European leadership in world-class research. Support is given to outstanding Individual Principal Investigators of any nationality based on the scientific excellence of their project proposal.

    There are 5 main types of ERC grants:

    Starting Grant (StG) for researchers 2-7 years post PhD.

    Consolidator Grant (CoG) for researchers 7-12 years post PhD.

    Advanced Grant (AdG) for established research leaders.

    Synergy Grant (SyG) for 2-4 outstanding PIs with complimentary background.

    Proof of Concept Grant (PoC) to explore the innovation potential of the PI's research results

    ERC projects are normally based on high-risk/high-gain research that crosses traditional disciplinary boarders and/or applies innovative approaches. 

    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 must to confirm association with the project and support of the Principal Investigator.

    Key Information

    Swiss eligibility:                       Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 
    Horizon 2020 Funding:            Funding & Tenders Portal
    Types of projects, eligibility:   Factsheet

    For information about the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme FP9 (2021-2027), please visit our Horizon Europe webpage.

    Your ERC Contacts

    VĂ©ronique Sordet, NCP ERC
    Tel.: +41 31 380 60 23

    Katja Wirth, NCP ERC
    Tel.: +41 31 380 60 18

    Judith Zbinden, NCP ERC
    Tel.: +41 31 380 60 16
    Belpstrasse 11
    3007 Bern

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