ERC in Horizon 2020

The European Research Council –ERC – is the European funding programme for cutting-edge research and is therefore part of Horizon 2020’s first pillar “Excellent Science”.

The independent ERC Scientific Council determines the strategies, funding and appraisal principles applicable to ERC grants, and the ERC Executive Agency, or ERCEA, is responsible for the administrative and organisational aspects of the grants.

The ERC is synonymous with ground-breaking research projects and focuses its funding efforts on unconventional, multi-disciplinary research methods and exploration of novel scientific areas. Research topics can be freely chosen, and the only evaluation criterion is the scientific excellence of the project and the individual researcher.

There are five actions designed to fund pioneering fundamental research carried out by excellent young or well-established researchers and their teams. These are:

Aim:

To fund excellent, established researchers to carry out ground-breaking fundamental research projects.

EU Grant:

Up to € 2.5 million may be awarded for a maximum period of 5 years (pro rata for shorter projects), with an additional € 1 million for researchers moving from a third country to the EU.

Principal Investigator:

Established, excellent researchers of any nationality with a track record of exceptional research outcomes in the 10 years prior to the call opening. They must dedicate at least 30% of their total working time to the project and spend at least 50% of their total working time in Europe.

Single-stage application and two-stage evaluation

Aim:

To fund excellent researchers of any nationality to carry out a ground-breaking fundamental research project and to consolidate their independent research careers in Europe.

EU Grant:

Up to € 2 million may be awarded for a maximum period of 5 years (pro rata for shorter projects), with an additional € 750,000 for researchers moving from a third country to the EU.

Principal Investigator:

Excellent researchers of any nationality who obtained their doctorate between 7 and 12 years prior to the call opening. They must dedicate at least 40% of their total working time to the project and spend at least 50% of their total working time in Europe.

Single-stage application and three-stage evaluation

Aim:

To fund the development and commercial or societal innovative potential of a concept that has arisen from a current or completed ERC project.

EU Grant:

Up to € 150,000 for a maximum period of 18 months (pro rata for shorter projects)

Eligible researchers:

Principal Investigators with an ERC project that was completed no more than 12 months prior to the call opening.

Single-stage application and two-stage evaluation

Aim:

To fund excellent researchers of any nationality to carry out a ground-breaking fundamental research project and to develop their own research teams or programmes in Europe.

EU Grant:

Up to € 1.5 million may be awarded for a maximum period of 5 years (pro rata for shorter projects), with an additional € 500,000 for researchers moving from a third country to the EU.

Principal Investigator:

Excellent researchers of any nationality who obtained their doctorate at least 2 and no more than 7 years prior to the call opening. They must dedicate at least 50% of their total working time to the project and spend at least 50% of their total working time in Europe.

Single-stage application and three-stage evaluation

Aim:

To fund a small group of excellent researchers of any nationality to carry out a ground-breaking fundamental research project.

EU Grant:

Up to € 10 million may be awarded for a maximum period of 6 years (pro rata for shorter projects), with an additional € 4 million in total for researchers moving from a third country to the EU.

Principal Investigator:

At least 2 and no more than 4 excellent researchers of any nationality with a track-record of exceptional research outcomes appropriate to their career stage at the time of the call opening. They must dedicate at least 30% of their total working time to the project and spend at least 50% of their total working time in Europe.

Single-stage application and three-stage evaluation

Contact

Mag. Ann-Christin Kehrberg

0043-1-58801-41567

ann-christin.kehrberg@tuwien.ac.at