The European Research Council (ERC) (part of Horizon 2020) provides attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high-risk research. Proposals are judged solely on the basis of scientific excellence and applications can be made in any field of research. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.
The draft European Research Council (ERC) Work Programme for 2014 has been published on the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 website. Although it is not the final version, it has been approved by EU Member States and is not expected to change substantially.
The planned call publication and deadline dates in 2014 dates are:
- Starting Grants: call published on 11 December 2013, deadline on 25 March 2014
- Consolidator Grants: call published on 11 December 2013, deadline on 20 May 2014
- Advanced Grants: call published on 17 June 2014, deadline on 21 October 2014
To be eligible for a Starting Grant, applicants must have held a PhD for between 2-7 years at the publication date of the call for proposals. Consolidator Grant applicants should have held their PhD for more than 7 but less than 12 years. There are no specific eligibility criteria for an Advanced Grant.
Starting Grants are designed to support excellent PIs at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicants must demonstrate the ground breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of 1 500 000 euro for a period of 5 years.
If you are interested in developing a proposal, contact the Research Funding and Policy Managers in RBS.