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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

The full programme can be found here:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/index.html

Thematic calls

The final Work Programme 2018-2020 is not yet available, but links to the scoping papers and overarching document for the call can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-work-programme

Eight issues are highlighted in the overarching document  "as deserving serious consideration under this programming cycles as they are expected to impact on society in the coming decades": 

  • Hyper-connectivity and big data driving change and innovation
  • Falling cost of energy fostering innovation (e.g. separation and recycling of raw materials, drinking water from the sea)
  • Migration and demographic dynamics challenging European societies
  • Pressure on health systems and health inequalities
  • Climate change, oceans and space
  • Primary sector innovation being key for sustainability and well-being
  • Biotechnology as the next wave of disrupting technologies
  • Increasing instability as a new reality for societies

Non-Thematic calls

Click HERE for general information on the ERC schemes.  

ERC Synergy grants

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC synergy grants. These enable two to four investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address ambitious research problems. The aim is to promote substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, to cross-fertilise scientific fields, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines.

The call is open for researchers from anywhere in the world but must be hosted by and spend 50 per cent of their total working time in an institution established in an EU member state or associated country. They shall spend a minimum of 30 per cent of their total working time on the ERC project. Groups must be formed of two to four researchers. Up to four host institutions can engage a principal investigator. Host institutions must be established in members states or associated countries as a legal entity under national law, or may be an international European interest organisation, the European Commission's joint research centre, or any other entity under EU law, including public and private entities, universities, research organisation and undertakings.

The total budget for starting grants is €250 million to fund an estimated 30 projects. Grants are worth up to €10 million each over six years. An additional €4 million may be requested for eligible start up costs of moving to the EU or an associated country, the purchase of major equipment and access to large facilities.

 Deadline 14 November 2017

For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/erc-2018-syg.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/ERC-2018-SyG/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc

 

ERC Starting grants

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2018-StG starting grants. These support principal investigators in starting their own independent research team or programme.

Applicants may be researchers of any nationality and must be able to demonstrate the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, and have produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Principal investigators should have been awarded their first PhD between two and seven years prior to 1 January 2018. They must spend a minimum of 50 per cent of working time in an EU member state or associated country and a minimum of 50 per cent of their working time on the ERC project. They must be engaged at the host institution for the duration of the project. Host institutions must be established in members states or associated countries as a legal entity under national law, or may be an international European interest organisation, the European Commission's joint research centre, or any other entity under EU law, including public and private entities, universities, research organisation and undertakings.

The total budget for starting grants is €581 million to fund an estimated 391 projects. The grants are worth up to €1.5 m each and an additional €500,000 may be requested for eligible start up costs of moving to the EU or an associated country, the purchase of major equipment and access to large facilities.

Deadline 17 October 2017

For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/erc-2018-stg.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/ERC-2018-STG/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc 

COMING SOON: ERC Consolidator grants

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 24 October 2017 with a deadline on 15 February 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2018-CoG consolidator grants. These support principal investigators who are at a career stage at which they may be consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

Principal investigators, who have been awarded their first PhD between seven and 12 years prior to 1 January 2018 and who have produced several publications as a main author, may apply. PIs may be of any nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application but must, however, spend a minimum of 50 per cent of their working time in an EU member state or associated country and a minimum of 40 per cent of their working time on the ERC project.

The total budget for consolidator grants is €550 million to fund an estimated 287 projects. Grants are worth up to €2 million each over five years. An additional €750,000 start up grant may be requested.

Deadline 15 February 2018

For more information see https://erc.europa.eu/funding/consolidator-grants

 

COMING SOON: ERC Advanced grants

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 17 May and close on 30 August 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2018-AdG ERC advanced grants. These support principal investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. The aim of this activity is to provide long-term funding to support investigators and their research teams to pursue ground breaking, high-gain and high-risk research in a host institution based in an EU member state or associated country.

Researchers in any field and of any nationality may apply. Investigators based outside the EU who wish to carry out a project with a host institution in the EU or associated countries are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a significant track record in the last 10 years which may include benchmarks such as 10 publications in major international peer-reviewed journals as a main author, three major research monographs at least one of which is translated into another language, or other equivalent benchmarks. The host institution must engage the principal investigator for at least the duration of the project and must be established as a legal entity in an EU member state or associated country or be an international European interest organisation, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre or any other entity created under EU law.

The total budget for this call is €450 million to fund an estimated 194 projects. Grants are worth up to €2.5 m over five years. An additional start up grant of €1m may be requested.

Deadline 30 August 2018

For more information see https://erc.europa.eu/funding/advanced-grants

COMING SOON: ERC Proof of concept grants 2018

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 6 September 2017 with the first cut-off date on 16 January 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2018-PoC proof of concept grants. These aim to maximise the value of ERC-funded research by funding further work to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects.

All principal investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either ongoing or has ended less than 12

months before 1 January 2018, may apply. The host institution must engage the PI for at least the duration of the project and must be established in a member state or associated country as a legal entity.

The total budget is €20 million to fund an estimated 130 projects. Grants are worth up to €150,000 each over up to 18 months, but should normally be completed within 12 months.

Deadline 16 January 2018

For more information see https://erc.europa.eu/funding/proof-concept