1.75 billion Euro for new ERC research projects                                                                   

Open to independent researchers of any age or career stage, the new ERC calls are meant to help top scientists from all fields (Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences & Humanities) to produce the very best cutting-edge science and to affirm Europe's place as a world class destination for research. It is estimated that this funding will support around 900 excellent researchers in 2013 (each employing a further 6 team members on average). It is part of the European Commission's final, and biggest, call for proposals for research projects under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Two new major features are introduced in this year's calls:

- The existing "ERC Starting Grant" (aimed at outstanding researchers who are establishing their first research teams or programmes) will be split into two calls: the "ERC Starting Grant" (StG) for researchers with at least 2 and up to 7 years after their PhD and the "ERC Consolidator Grant" (CoG) for researchers with over 7 and up to 12 years after their PhD.

- There will now be one single deadline for each call, instead of different deadlines for each of the three scientific domains, as there has been in the past.

The money invested in 2013 will be allocated as follows:

- ERC Starting Grants : 398 million Euro

- ERC Consolidator Grants: 523 million Euro

- ERC Advanced Grants: 662 million Euro

- ERC Synergy Grants: 150 million Euro

- ERC Proof of Concept Grants: 10 million Euro

The ERC's Scientific Council, the governing body of the ERC, has established the following budget split between each of the three scientific domains as follows: Physical Sciences and Engineering (44%), Life Sciences (39%) and Social Sciences & Humanities (17%).

ERC grant holders will also be able to submit proposals for the Proof of Concept grants, to develop the innovative and commercial aspects of their ERC project.

Publication dates of the ERC calls 2013 and their deadlines:

- Starting Grant (ERC-2013-StG: 171012

- Advanced Grant (ERC-2013-AdG): 221112

- Synergy Grant (ERC-2013-SyG): 100113

- Consolidator Grant (ERC-2013-CoG): 210213

- Proof of Concept (ERC-2013-PoC)(*): 240413 & 031013

(*) For existing ERC grantees only

The official deadlines are only those indicated on the Participant Portal.


The ERC funding schemes and new calls http://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants/apply-funding/call-proposals

The Work Programme 2013 http://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/document/file/erc_work_programme_2013.pdf