European Research Council (ERC)
The fundamental activity of the ERC is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high-risk research.
Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.
Scientific excellence is the sole criterion on the basis of which ERC frontier research grants are awarded The evaluation of ERC grant applications is conducted by peer review panels composed of renowned scientists and scholars selected by the ERC Scientific Council. The panels may be assisted by remote referees
The ERC's peer review evaluation process has been carefully designed to identify scientific excellence irrespective of the gender, age, nationality or institution of the Principal Investigator and other potential biases, and to take career breaks as well as unconventional research career paths into account. The evaluations are monitored to guarantee transparency, fairness and impartiality in the treatment of proposals.
Applications can be made in any field of research The ERC's frontier research grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities. The ERC puts particular emphasis on the frontiers of science, scholarship and engineering. In particular, it encourages proposals of an interdisciplinary nature which cross the boundaries between different fields of research, pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or proposals introducing unconventional, innovative approaches and scientific inventions.
Independent researchers of any age and career stage can apply for attractive long-term funding The ERC awards funding to excellent investigators looking to set up or consolidate their own independent research team or programme, as well as already established research leaders.
The ERC awards generous, long-term funding for a period of up to five years for the Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants.
The maximum grant varies by grant type. An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution towards indirect costs.
Principal Investigators from anywhere in the world can apply for an ERC grant. ERC grants are open to researchers of any nationality who may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application. However the host institution must be established in an EU Member State or Associated Country. In certain conditions team members may be based outside of the EU or an Associated Country.