European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants - long-term funding for frontier research in Europe

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ERC Advanced Grants are long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project in Europe. They support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. This action is open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any Member State or Associated Country. The ERC's frontier research grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities.



Researchers of any nationality, any age. Applicants - called Principal Investigators (PIs) - are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.

The PIs should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.



Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI). It could be the HI where the applicant already works, or any other HI located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries



Up to € 2.5 million per grant.

Researchers from Japan: note that an additional € 1 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving from Japan (or any other third country) to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.



Up to 5 years.

Sole evaluation criterion: scientific quality of researcher and research proposal, aiming at excellence.

Deadline: 29 August 2019.

For more details on Advanced grants, see ERC website and call details.

Important notice: Time to be spent on the project

Researchers applying for ERC-funding must be strongly committed to the project and spend a significant amount of time on it. However, it is not obligatory to spend 100% of your time in Europe whilst carrying out the ERC-funded research.

For Advanced Grants, the Principal Investigator should devote at least 30% of her/his working time to the ERC project and spend at least 50% of her/his total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country.


About the ERC

Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organization for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age. The ERC also strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come to Europe. It funds young, early-career top researchers ('ERC Starting grants'), already independent excellent scientists ('ERC Consolidator Grants'), and senior research leaders ('ERC Advanced Grants').

With its Synergy Grants, the ERC also supports groups of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems.


Jobs in ERC teams

Please note that ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher ('Principal Investigator') who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country. These jobs are all advertised on the EURAXESS Jobs portal.


Short visits to ERC teams

In the framework of the European Commission (EC) - JSPS Implementing Arrangement (2015) and the European Commission (EC) - JSTImplementing Arrangement (2018), Japan-based active researchers in a wide range of scientific fields have the possibility to carry out research visits and temporarily join ERC teams in Europe to conduct frontier research activities. Calls are organised once per year by each funding agency (see JSPS and JST for details).


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