European Research Council UK National Contact Point
The ERC National Contact Point is a service for anyone who is currently based in the UK or who wishes to apply with a UK-based organisation for an ERC grant or has been awarded an ERC grant.
European Research Council (ERC) National Contact Point
Due to remote working restrictions, UKRO has to temporarily close the phone-lines for the ERC National Contact Points (NCP). The Helpdesks continue to operate a full service as usual via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to speak to us, we also offer online meetings which we can arrange with our video conference software. You can request this through the e-mail addresses above, and we will endeavour to make arrangements to support these requests.
The ERC UK National Contact Point is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Eligibility of UK applicants
At the date of publication of the ERC 2021 Work Programme, there are no countries associated to Horizon Europe. However, applicants established in countries associated to the previous Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, and in countries that are negotiating association agreements with the European Union, including the United Kingdom, may apply to the calls under this work programme.
The European Commission has published Questions & Answers on the UK's participation in Horizon Europe which states that "UK applicants are treated as if the UK is an associated country throughout the process, from admissibility and eligibility to evaluation, up until the signature of grant agreements. However, grant agreements can only be signed once the association has come into force."
The Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, that are financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure (i.e. for the lifetime of grants). UK participants will continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects, including projects finishing after the transition period which ended on 31 December 2020.
UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in and lead Horizon 2020 projects and apply for Horizon 2020 grant funding.
ERC National Contact Point resources
UKRO provides the following free and publicly available resources to support those interested in applying for ERC funding or those who have been awarded ERC funding.
Schemes page: a basic overview of funding schemes available under ERC Work Programmes
Calls page: a basic overview of what opportunities to apply for ERC funding are coming up.
Events: a listing of upcoming ERC Call Information and Proposal Writing events that we present for each ERC call. Details of past events are also listed with materials that may be helpful including slides presented at the time. More recently webinar recordings have also been made available.
Social media: the @_UKRO_ twitter handle is primarily focused on the ERC and Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions. Follow us for announcements, news of our activities and stories about these flagship European schemes supporting fundamental research.
COVID-19: Implications for your ERC project
The European Research Council (ERC) have posted a statement on their website outlining the measures they are taking to minimise the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERC's statement was updated in November 2020 and as the UK ERC National Contact Point we produced a short article to help explain the novel guidance.
The ERC are doing their utmost to remain fully operational during this period and panel evaluations are currently being organised remotely. ERC grantees and their host institutions should raise any problems with implementation to their usual counterparts in the ERC's scientific and granting departments as soon as possible. They will try to find solutions on a case-by-case basis, using the flexibility provided by the grant agreement. The 2021 ERC Work Programme does not include any specific adjustments for applicants with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example COVID-19 disruptions have not been added to the list of available grounds for eligibility extensions in Starting Grant and Consolidator Grant applications.
UKRO has developed a dedicated and regularly updated COVID-19 section on our Portal to help subscribers find the latest announcements and advice. If you have any specific questions about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on your ERC project or proposal, please, contact the ERC NCP directly.