European Research Council (ERC)


The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence. Being ‘investigator-driven’, or ‘bottom-up’, in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians.


Three ERC frontier research grants will be available under the ERC Work Programme 2017.

The ERC Scientific Council will analyse the pilot phase of the ERC Synergy Grant (calls were made under Work Programmes 2012 and 2013) before deciding on the scope and timing of future calls. There will be no call under the Work Programme 2015 and 2016.

Important extensions to the restrictions on applications will apply from the 2015 and 2016 calls based on the outcome of the evaluation of the 2014 and 2015calls. For more information, see restrictions on submission of proposals under “Eligibility criteria” in the ERC Work Programme 2015 and 2016.

ERC Principal Investigators will also continue to be able to apply for the Proof of Concept Grant, first introduced under the revised Work Programme 2011.

ERC calls in 2016 and 2017:


Publication date



29 juli 2015

17 november 2015


15 oktober 2015

2 februari 2016


24 mei 2016

1 september 2016


22 oktober 2015

16 februari 2016

26 mei 2016

4 oktober 2016


26 July 2016

18 October 2016


20 October 2016

9 February 2017


16 May 2017

31 August 2017


2 August 2016

19 January 2017

25 April 2017

5 September 2017

How to apply

Information on how to apply for an ERC grant can be found on the ERC Website.

ERC grant applications can be submitted only in response to a 'Call for Proposals'.

Calls for the ERC funding schemes are published on the ERC website, the Participant Portal and in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Open Calls

ERC – Open Calls