Established by the ERC Scientific Council, the work programme for the coming year has been adopted by the European Commission.
The President of the ERC, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, commented: “I am pleased that the ERC 2020 Work Programme will allow for funding the research of over a thousand excellent scientists who believe that Europe is the best place to follow their scientific curiosity. However, our continent hosts much more top talent with a wealth of creative ideas to bring to life. If Europe is serious about being a real powerhouse for science and innovation, major investment in R&I is needed, notably in blue sky research via the European Research Council.”
The new ERC work programme keeps the overall content and structure of previous programmes, streamlining it’s structure and introducing more funding for researchers moving from outside Europe or those in need of expensive equipment for their science. As was already the case for the Advanced Grants, up to €1 million will now be available per research project also in the Starting and Consolidator Grant schemes, and up to €4 million for Synergy Grants.
How and when to apply for ERC grants
The work programme published includes a tentative calendar of grant competitions. The Starting Grant call is scheduled to open on 17 July 2019, and the Synergy Grant call on 18 July 2019.
About the ERC
The European Research Council, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premiere European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based in Europe. It offers four core grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants. With its additional Proof of Concept grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between their pioneering research and early phases of its commercialisation.
To date, the ERC has funded over 9,000 top researchers at various stages of their careers, and over 50,000 postdocs, PhD students and other staff working in their research teams. The ERC strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come to Europe. Key global research funding bodies, in the United States, China, Japan, Brazil and other countries, have concluded special agreements to provide their researchers with opportunities to temporarily join ERC grantees’ teams.
The ERC is led by an independent governing body, the Scientific Council. The ERC’s President is Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. The overall ERC budget from 2014 to 2020 is more than €13 billion, as part of the Horizon 2020 programme, for which European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Carlos Moedas is responsible.