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ERC Starting Grant – deadline 16 October 2019

LOGO_ERCThe next call for the ERC Starting grant is now open closing on the 16 October 2019 at 17h Brussels Time.

Please see belowfor further details on eligibilty criteria as well as a short profile of the funding scheme.

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: 16 October 2019 17h Brussels Time
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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.