European Research Council

Hosting for ERC Grantees

    12/06/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / ERC
    Spain, Madrid
    CEU Universities


Universidad CEU San Pablo (CEU) is a specialized University and structures its studies on three main fields of knowledge, closely interconnected and structured on two campuses with the following Faculties:


  • “Social sciences and humanities”: Law, Economics, Humanities and Communication (Campus Moncloa)
  • “Health and life sciences”: Medicine and Pharmacy (Campus Montepríncipe). Health related degrees complete their training thanks to our University Hospitals: “Hospitales de Madrid”, a group of six hospitals in Madrid region.
  • “Architecture and Engineering”: Polytechnic School.


General facts and figures:

  • More than 1100 teaching and research staff: 43% of them are women, 50% hold a PhD. 4% of researchers from outside Spain.
  • 6900 undergraduate students. More than 900 official Master students. 532 Doctoral students.
  • 47 PhD lectures/year are achieved in average at CEU.


CEU facilities include 8 Research Centers, 52 Research Groups and 11 Core Research Facilities which sum an area of 3400 m2 devoted to research. Over the past 5 years, University:


  • Has been granted 60 competitive research projects, with funding coming from Regional, National and European calls. 100 projects have been funded by Private Sector.
  • Achieves collaborations with Industry meaning 54% of R&D funding.
  • Obtained almost € 1M from European Commission 7th Framework Programme. CEU is participating in four H2020 projects: “Newton” (H2020-ICT-2015); “Duality” (H2020-MSCA-IF-2016); “ImPRESS” (H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2016) and “MaGma” (H2020-MSCA-IF-2017).


  • 5 Erasmus+ Projects are ongoing: “Energy taxation and State aid control: looking for a better coordination and efficiency” (EAC/S11/13); “Single European Market and EU Competition Law” (EAC-S11-13); "European Awareness” (EACEA-05-2016); “Advanced Analytical Chemistry for Life Sciences”  (Erasmus + KA2); and “EU-China: Comparative experiences and contributions to global governance in the fields of climate change, trade and competition” (EAC-A03-2016).


CEU committed in October 2015 to the principles of the Charter and the Code and is in the process of applying for the HR Award (HRS4R). CEU follows transparent recruitment processes based on merit and career development and ensures the best working conditions for researchers.



CEU offers long-term academic positions to internationally recognized promising and senior researchers who are successful in obtaining a grant from the European Research Council (ERC), to pursue ground-breaking research projects.


CEU is considering candidates for the ERC Starting Grants (principal investigators with 2-7 years’ experience post PhD).


CEU strategic plan has its focus in attracting leading researchers with international experience, who are able to contribute to University research leadership in European Research Area, in a select set of areas such as:


  • Economics & Business:
    • Fundamentals of Economic Analysis (as part of the Economy Department, and including Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Economic Analysis)
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Statistics and Operative Research
  • Biomedical Engineering:
    • Assistive solutions for disable people.
  • Chemistry:
    • Computer modelling of new battery materials: lithium and sodium electrodes and solid electrolytes
  • Pharmacy:
    • Enhancing drug bioavailability using pharmaceutical-technological approaches: new drug formulations, process technology and 3D Printing Technology in Pharmaceutical Drug Delivery.
  • Medicine:
    • Regenerative Medicine.
  • Law:
    • Environmental taxes: taxes on energy and emission trading system.
    • ICT and personal data protection.
    • Structural modification of companies and insolvency proceedings.


Together with the selected candidate, a proposal will be written and submitted. You will receive full support from International Research Projects Office to prepare and submit an the proposal, including proposal review, support for impact and project implementation definition, budgets, etc. 


The proposal writing process will provide ample opportunity to tailor it to your research interests. A successful application will result in an appointment under approved conditions.



Mrs. Gemma Garcia Zato

Office of International Research Programs

Universidad CEU San Pablo




  • Aplicants must qualify for ERC Starting Grant requirements and successfully engage in a new proposal application with CEU as host institution.
  • Applicants should be excellent researchers, leading a research group and having an outstanding international reputation in their field. Having obtained competitive funding as IP is also a must.
  • It is mandatory to have or have had a research position at postdoctoral or faculty level.
  • Principal investigators who have recently obtained an ERC Grant and would like to transfer this ERC Grant to CEU, are also welcome to submit an application.

An expression of interest shall be sent to opii@ceu.es. Your file should contain the following elements:


• A Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages). It should include the standard academic and research record and funding received and applied for.

• Early achievements track-record (max. 2 pages), following instructions from ERC’s Guide for Applicants, provide a list of achievements reflecting your track record Publications (up to 5); research monographs and any translations thereof; Granted patent(s); invited presentations to peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences and/or international advanced schools; prizes/Awards/Academy memberships (if applicable).

• A synopsis of the research proposal (summary), providing a clear understanding of the objectives of the research proposal and how they will be achieved. It should explain the ground-breaking nature of the research project and describe the proposed work in the context of the state of the art of the field, including a short description of the methodology.It will be part of the evaluation process and treated confidentially.  


Within 40 days of receiving a complete application, new ERC applicants will be notified and invited to prepare a proposal together with CEU. This process is open the whole year round.