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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, 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:

    • Starting Grant (StG) for researchers 2-7 years after award of PhD.
    • Consolidator Grant (CoG) for researchers 7-12 years after award of 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.

    Important information on ERC grants is found in the ERC Work Programme 2018, ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation and the ERC Website.


    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).

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    Key Information

    Swiss eligibility:               Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 
    Horizon 2020 Funding:   Participant Portal
    Call descriptions, rules:   Work Programme 2018

    Scientific Disciplines

    All disciplines (bottom-up) 

    Industrial Sectors

    All sectors (bottom-up)

    Main Target Audience

    • Universities / UAS
    • Research institutes
    • Industry / SMEs
    • European and international organisations (e.g., CERN)

    Your Contact

    Photo of Katja  Wirth

    Katja Wirth

    Member of the Management Board

    National Contact Point (NCP):
    European Research Council (ERC)
    Effingerstrasse 19
    3008 Bern
    Tel.:+41 31 380 60 18

    Upcoming Events

    Date City Vacancies Registration
    31 OCT
    2017
    Organiser: Euresearch Head Office