ERC Grant Writing

ERC Funding for Researchers– Key Facts


Who can apply?Researchers and Research teams
PurposeFundamental and Scientific Research
Grant amounts

€1million to €10million

Decision time

12 – 20 weeks from submission

Application process

Individual Researcher or Research Teams. Online Portal. 2 main sections + appendices.

Funding CallsThere are 5 main funding programmes for researchers offered, with various deadlines throughout the year.

What is ERC Funding?

The European Research Council (ERC) is a preeminent funding body established by the European Union to support and promote high-quality research in Europe. Its mission is to foster excellent, investigator-driven frontier research across various disciplines. By offering competitive grant funding, the ERC aims to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of global scientific discovery. It encourages proposals that are pioneering in nature, often bridging multiple fields of study. Additionally, the ERC emphasizes the importance of basic research as a foundation for industry-driven research and acknowledges its role in nurturing outstanding talent for Europe’s future.

The main ERC funds for researchers are:

ERC Starting Grants: These grants are for researchers with 2-7 years of experience since the completion of their PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Find out more here.

ERC Consolidator Grants: These grants are for researchers with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Find out more here.

ERC Advanced Grants: These grants are for active researchers with a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. Find out more here.

ERC Proof of Concept: These grants are for researchers who have already received an ERC grant for their frontier research project and now want to explore the commercial or societal potential of it. Find out more here.

ERC Synergy Grants: These grants are for two to maximum four researchers working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. Find out more here.

Resources for ERC Grant Funding

The European Research Council has put together an excellent website dedicated to supporting researchers and research teams in understanding and applying for ERC grants. On the website, you will find:

  • National Contact Points for every EU country and how to contact them if you are considering applying
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Documents and Publications
  • Video Explainers
  • Other funding options.

Our ERC Grant Writing Services

We have been reviewing, editing and improving ERC grant applications for researchers and research teams since 2009. If you have a draft application for any of the funds list above, we offer a full review service for your ERC grant, including a straight forward native English language edit service.

Our reviews are led by experienced grant writers for academic research projects.

Get in touch

We offer a few ways to proceed from here – Contact Us to:

  • Setup an initial video call
  • Review a project summary
  • Review a pitch deck
  • Review a past application

There are no fees involved at this stage – we just want to add some value by providing honest advice on your chances of success. After that and if you want to work with us, we can talk about how to work together in a way that suits you and your business.

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