ERC Starting grants 2022 call open

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The 2022 call is closed. The information below is menat for reference only. 

The next one should open on 12/07/2022. with an expected deadline on 25/10/2022.


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

Deadline: 13 January 2022.  More HERE.


ERC Starting Grants in brief:

  • For researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD or an equivalent doctoral degree (Extensions are possible under certain circumstances — see the latest ERC Work Programme), a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal
  • Applications can be made in any field of research
  • 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.
  • Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million. 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 and/or other major experimental and fieldwork costs. 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.
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal
  • Calls for proposals: published once a year

Find the Starting Grants ERC-2022-STG call here



Participation of team members from all over the world:

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.

Initiatives, under the form of 'Implementing Arrangements', exist for ERC-funded teams in Europe to host non-European talented scientists. Find out more about the agreements.

Are you interested in the opportunities provided by the European Research Council (ERC) to (young) Brazilian and Latin American and Caribbean researchers?

Read our guide:


guide on the erc for Brazilian and lac researchers


    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').

    With its Synergy Grants, the ERC also supports groups of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. One of the PIs can be based outside of Europe, including in LAC.

    ERC and LAC

    Read interviews we held with LAC researchers funded by the ERC at http://bit.ly/LACandtheERC

    You'll also find interviews with LAC researchers who were hired in ERC teams to do their PhDs or post-doc and with others who went on short-term stays under the implementing arrangements between the European Commission and their countries.