ERC in a nutshell

The European Research Council (ERC) supports ground-breaking projects and researchers at progressive stages of development.

The ERC Starting Grant (€1.5 million) is allocated for five years to promising researchers starting their own independent research team or programme. For mid-career researchers, there is the ERC Consolidator Grant (€2 million, over five years). The ERC Advanced Grant (€2.5 million) is a five-year grant allocated to researchers whose ground-breaking work opens up new directions in their field.

Synergy Grant Support (€10 million for 6 years) is for a small group of two to four Principal Investigators to jointly address ambitious research problems that could not be addressed by the individual Principal Investigators and their teams working alone.

The ERC Proof of Concept funding is made available only to those who already have an ERC award to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects.

Deadlines and Regulations

The ERC Work Programme 2023 indicates the following calendar:


 Starting Grants Consolidator Grants Advanced Grants Synergy Grants Proof of Concept Grant
Call opens 12/07/2022 28/09/2022 08/12/2022 13/07/2022 20/10/2022
Call closes 25/10/2022 02/02/2023 23/05/2023 08/11/2022




All information pertaining to the ERC grants is available here:

Here is a list of links with important background information regarding the ERC calls:

Information for Applicants:

Host Institution support letter template

Research Proposal Templates 2022 (PoC) and 2023 (official and editable)

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