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Apply for funding from the ERC

Are you ambitious? Do you have an idea for a breakthrough project? Do you want to make a name for yourself in the international research arena? If so, you should consider applying for a grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

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The ERC awards sizeable grants to individual researchers with pioneering project ideas in all subject areas. The step-by-step video guide above provides tips on how to prepare the best possible application for an ERC grant.

Below is an overview of funding opportunities under the ERC:

  • The ERC provides three main types of grants: ERC Starting Grants for early-career researchers; ERC Consolidator Grants for more experienced researchers; ERC Advanced Grants for well-established researchers.
  • ERC Proof of Concept Grants are also available, but may only be sought by ERC grant holders.
  • Calls for proposals are issued on an annual basis, and the application deadlines may vary from year to year. The calls are published three to four months prior to the application deadline. See the table below. Calls may be found on the Participant Portal and the ERC website.
  • Consult the annual work programme for information about the calls for proposals.
    This may be found in the Document library on the ERC website (click on the “Documents” link towards the bottom of the home page).
    The work programmes may be found on the left-hand side of the page via the “Browse documents by category” menu. Check “Work Programmes” and click on “Browse”. The list of work programmes will appear lower down on the same page.


Target group
October/November 2-7 years since completion of
January/February 7-12 years since completion of
August/October Senior research leaders with a
track record of significant research
achievements in the past 10 years.
Proof of
Once a year, with
three deadlines
Funding to explore innovation
potential for researchers who
have already received an ERC grant.


Why apply for funding from the ERC?

ERC grants are highly sought-after because they offer ample, long-term funding for curiosity-driven research. Depending on your level of experience, you may receive from EUR 1.5 to 2.5 million over a period of five years. An ERC grant is a stamp of quality that will draw attention to your work and place you among the research elite in Europe.

The Research Council offers assistance in the form of

  • Workshops for writing proposals: In cooperation with the universities, the Research Council holds workshops on how to write competitive ERC grant proposals on a regular basis. Workshops are announced on the Events webpage.
  • Financial support: Support for preparing a proposal may be sought under the Project Establishment Support (PES) scheme.

For tips on building your career as a researcher, see also the webpage Researcher career funding opportunities.


Sign up for a newsletter with ERC news published by the Research Council’s NCPs (in Norwegian). You can also take a look at previous newsletters on the Council’s Horizon 2020 webpages.



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