EU funding: The European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) funds excellent science at a European level. It provides competitive funding to outstanding researchers undertaking curiosity-driven, often basic research with the potential to open up new frontiers in science. Proposals are accepted from all scientific disciplines following a bottom-up principle. Projects crossing the boundaries between academic disciplines are particularly welcome.

ERC funding schemes

  • Starting Independent Researcher Grants ("ERC Starting Grants")
    The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders and who received their PhD between two and twelve years ago.
  • Consolidator Grants ("ERC Consolidator Grants")  
    For researchers of any nationality with over 7 and up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD. ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created. 
  • Advanced Investigator Grants ("ERC Advanced Grants")
    Advanced grants are for researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right and who hold an outstanding ten-year track record.
  • ERC Proof of concept
    ERC grant holders can apply for this additional funding to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects.

Find further information on the ERC website.

German-language information is available either from the National Contact Point ERC or from KoWi.

ERC-funded projects at JGU

JGU and its Medical Center together host and participate in the following ERC projects.

Are you planning an ERC proposal?

Contact the European research services at JGU’s Office of Research and Technology Transfer. Our EU project advisor offers you a wide range of support.

A short information video is available in the ERCs vimeo-channel.