ERC offers grants to top researchers from around the world to work in Europe

They can form the basis of new industries, markets, and social innovations of the future

Photo: EU Mariya Gabriel.

The European Research Council (ERC) work programme for this year, tabled by the Commission on Monday, is the first to-do list under Horizon Europe, EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027.

It contains three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9bn. The ERC offers grants to top researchers from anywhere in the world who are ready to come or to stay in Europe to pursue their breakthrough scientific and technological discoveries that can form the basis of new industries, markets, and social innovations of the future.

I am very pleased that we have today adopted the Work Programme of the European Research Council, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Research, Innovation, Culture, Education and Youth, said noting that this important step paves the way for launching calls that support top researchers and their teams to pursue frontier research at different stages of their careers.

She explained that the first call will support young researchers across Europe who are starting their own independent research team or programme.

Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council, underscored that the ERC Scientific Council is pleased that under Horizon Europe the European Research Council can continue to back Europe's researchers and their most innovative ideas.

He also stated that the Council will be able to issue more grants than ever before. The Executive Agency is ready to launch the 2021 Starting Grant call on 25 February, with a budget of €619m and a deadline of 8 April.

For the current programme period, the European Research Council is set to receive over €16bn from Horizon Europe, which represents an increase of 22% vis-à-vis Horizon 2020.

On 11 March will follow the call for Consolidator Grants for researchers who are consolidating their own independent research team or programme will open, with a budget of €633m. The deadline for applications is 20 April.

A call for Advanced Grants for leading advanced investigators, with a budget of €626m will be launched on 20 May, with a deadline on 31 August.

Due to the transition to the new Framework Programme, the Synergy Grants are not available under the 2021 Work Programme. The award of Synergy Grants is likely to resume under the Work Programme of 2022. The Proof of Concept Grant is currently under revision by the Scientific Council, the governing body of the European Research Council, and therefore does not appear in this Work Programme either.

The 2021 Work Programme also covers other actions and public procurement to allow the Scientific Council to carry out its duties and mandate, including the appointment of independent experts during the evaluation of proposals and the preparation of the calls, for ethics review and for the monitoring of ongoing projects. It also covers the Scientific Council's obligations to establish the overall strategy of the European Research Council and to monitor the quality of the programme's implementation from the scientific perspective.

 

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