Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: ERC Synergy Grants 2025

Apply on the EU portal

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

Who should apply

A group of two to four active researchers with competitive track records that are appropriate for their career stage. They should be able to demonstrate that they can successfully bring together the elements required to address the scope and complexity of the research question, including:

  • skills
  • knowledge
  • experience
  • expertise
  • disciplines
  • methods
  • approaches
  • teams
  • access to infrastructures

How it works

ERC Synergy Grants support a small group of two to four principal investigators (PIs) who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. One PI can be based outside an EU member state or associated country. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country.

What is funded

Research, in any field, conducted in a public or private research organisation in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. Synergy Grants may be awarded up to €10 million for six years.

How we can support you

We are the UK National Contact Point for ERC. You can email us for free information and advice.

You can attend our regular free events about ERC calls. Every event is recorded so that you can catch up on past recordings, too.

Next steps

  1. To find out if you can apply, visit the ERC website to read about Starting Grants and what the funding covers.
  2. Read about the financial support available in the current Work Programme to see if this is right for you.
  3. Look at what the ERC has funded in the past and see if your project fits the scale and ambition of an ERC grant.
  4. Familiarise yourself with the panels to pick the right one for you. Note that all research areas are eligible.
  5. Speak to your host institution as early as possible.
  6. Apply on the Funding & Tenders Portal.
    If you do not already have an account, you need to register on the portal
    If your host institution needs a Participant Identification Code (PIC), register for one on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Last updated: 11 July 2024

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