[Open call] ERC Starting grants

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European Research Centre (ERC) Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme in all scientific fields.

Deadline: 17 October 2017.  More HERE.


ERC Starting Grants in brief:

  • For researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise
  • An excellent research proposal
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries (including Switzerland)
  • Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million (in some circumstances up to € 2 million). An additional € 0.5 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving from a third country to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal
  • Calls for proposals: published once a year


Participation of team members from other countries:

ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher ('Principal Investigator') who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country. Vacancies for team members of an ERC project can be published on the EURAXESS Jobs portal.

Please also check out

  • information on the recent ERC workshop that took place in Rio de Janeiro here
  • our focus on ERC and what's in it for Brazilian researchers here (most info also relevant for researchers from other countries in the region).
  • contact the ERC national contact point Prof. Moacyr MARTUCCI Jr here in Brazil and find the ERC National Contact Points in Celac here.



    About ERC:

    Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organization for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age. The ERC also strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come to Europe. It funds young, early-career top researchers ('ERC Starting grants'), already independent excellent scientists ('ERC Consolidator Grants'), and senior research leaders ('ERC Advanced Grants').

    ERC and Brazil

    To date, six Brazilian researchers have been awarded ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants. They are (click on the blue names to read their interviews):

    • The leading mathematician Artur Avila for his "Quasiperiodic" project;
    • Aureo de Paula for his project on “Econometric Analysis of Interaction Models.” ;
    • Elison Matioli for his project " IN-NEED" on energy efficiency;
    • Bernardo Franklin for his Plat-IL-1 project on inflammasomes
    • Eduardo Lee for his project TOPOQDot on topological materials
    • Roberto Rinaldi for his LIGNINFIRST project on lignocellulosic Biomass