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ERC Starting Grant – delayed call opening for deadline 17 October 2018

LOGO_ERCThe next call for the ERC Starting grant was originally set to open on 18 July 2018. However, due to the delayed adoption of the 2019 ERC Work Programe (the legal document for all ERC calls), which is now expected to be published in September. The 2019 Starting Grant call will open upon Work Program adoption.

Nevertheless, ERC still plans to close the call on the 17 October 2018. In case you are planning to apply start preparing and writing the grant as there might be only a timeframe of 4 weeks left during which the call is actually open.

Check out the information below if you are interested in this funding scheme as the timeline to the application deadline is tight and there are already things you can do upfront before the call opens.

Brief facts on the funding scheme:

  • Purpose: To support talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, and are ready to work independently and show potential to be research leaders
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff (own post, postdocs, technicians), equipment, travel, consumables, etc.
  • Award: 1.5 million € (+500k € in exceptional cases, e.g. startup costs, major equipment, access to large facility)
  • Eligibility: 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (see guidelines for consideration of career breaks), promising scientific track record
  • Deadline: mid-October 2018
  • Useful Links:

Further Information on Eligibility Criteria and Host Institutions

  • Applications can be made in any field of research.
  • Host Institution: Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation. It can be the HI you already work at or any other HI located in one of the EU Member States (see also eligibility of UK legal entities) or Associated Countries.
  • Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by a single Principal Investigator (PI) in conjunction with and on behalf of their Host Institution, called the applicant legal entity.
    Grants are awarded to the Host Institution with the explicit commitment that this institution offers appropriate conditions for the Principal Investigator independently to direct the research and manage its funding for the duration of the project. The PI does not necessarily need to be working at the host institution at the time when the proposal is submitted.
  • ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country.

Before the call is published:

  1. Identify the host institution and team members you would like to work with. (see also the online research partner search services)
  2. Contact the National Contact Point (NCP) in your country for support.