About European Research Council Grants

The European Research Council (ERC),  along with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Research Infrastructures, is part of Horizon Europe's Pillar I 'Excellence Science', which aims to promote scientific excellence and attract highly-skilled researchers and innovators to Europe.

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

What is funded by the ERC?

ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas and confer status and visibility on the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.

ERC Work Programme 2023

The current work programme detailing the European Research Council calls for 2023 has been published by the European Commission. This document includes all call topics and information needed to apply. 

Find out more about ERC Grants

Starting Grants – Support for talented early-career researchers who have already produced excellent supervised work, are ready to work independently and show potential to be research leaders.

Consolidator Grants – Support for researchers who want to establish or have recently created a research team and want to continue to develop a successful career.

Advanced Grants – Support for established, leading principal investigators who want long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high risk project.

Synergy Grants – Support for researchers who want to address a research problem so ambitious, that their team cannot deal with it alone.

Proof of Concept Grants – Support for previous and current ERC grantees who want to explore the commercial or societal potential of their work.

Additional Opportunities

There are other initiatives linked to ERC funding. If you are not planning to apply for a grant, or it's too early in your career, you may still be interested in:

  • Jobs in ERC teams
  • Visiting research fellowships
  • International arrangement funding
  • Mentoring.