ERC Consolidator Grants 2022 call now open!

What are the ERC Consolidator Grants?

Are you a scientist who wants to consolidate her/his independence by establishing a research team and continuing to develop a success career in Europe? The ERC Consolidator Grant could be for you. You can also apply if you have recently created an independent, excellent research team and want to strengthen it.

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Up to €3 millions are available for projects of up to 5 years duration.

Who can apply?

Researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (Extensions are possible under certain circumstances — see the latest ERC Work Programme), a scientific track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage and an excellent research proposal.

Applications can be made in any fields of research.

How much?

Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to 2 million for a period of 5 years. (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional € 1 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.

An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.


Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI). It could be the HI where the applicant already works or any other HI located in one of the EU Member States or associated countries.


Call deadline: 17 March 2022.

Important information on the call is included in the ERC Work Programme 202 and especially the call-specific Information for Applicants. The mandatory templates are available from the Participant Portal.

More Information on the grant

Read the ERC call for Consolidator Grants here (ERC-2022-COG)

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