European Research Council Programme 2016 to Support Excellent Investigators

Deadline: 17 November 2015

European Research Council inviting applicants to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground breaking, high-gain/ high-risk research.

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The ERC awards are flexible, long-term funding for a period of up to five years for the Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants. The Scientific Council will review funding conditions regularly to make sure that grants remain competitive both at European and international level.

The grants are divided into three categories:

  • Starting Grant: ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme.
  • Consolidator Grant: ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme.
  • Advanced Grant: Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.

Grant Information

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  • Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years
  • Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 000 000 for a period of 5 years
  • Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years

Eligibility Criteria

  • The ERC actions are open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any Member State or Associated Country.
  • Principal Investigators may be of any age and nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application. However Principal Investigators funded through the ERC frontier research grants shall spend a minimum percentage of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country and a minimum percentage of their total working time on the ERC project.
  • Applications may be made in any field of research.
  • Starting Grant
    • Principal Investigator shall have been awarded his/her first PhD [≥ 2 and ≤ 7 years prior to 1 January 2016]
  • Consolidator Grant
    • Principal Investigator shall have been awarded his/her first [PhD > 7 and ≤ 12 years prior to 1 January 2016]

How to Apply

Applicants may apply via website provided on the PDF.

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For more information, please download this PDF.