Funding from the European Research Council – ERCCopyright: © RWTH Aachen
The Highest Scientific Honor at the European Level
Since its creation in 2007, the European Research Council, ERC, has funded top researchers to promote excellent fundamental research and visionary projects as well as to develop new interdisciplinary fields of knowledge. The ERC funding programs offer excellent opportunities for top scientific research in all fields of knowledge, while also serving as a sign of excellence. ERC grants are considered the European benchmark for top-level research.
Each year there are calls open to all topics:
ERC Starting Grant
This funding line targets up-and-coming researchers with two to seven years of experience since completion of their doctoral degree. Exceptions are possible for childcare or longer cases of illness, for example.
A maximum of 1.5 million Euros per project can be requested. Researchers from third countries or whose projects have particularly high investment costs, can apply for up to two million Euros with a maximum project duration of five years.
ERC Consolidator Grant
This funding line is designed for researchers with between seven and twelve years of experience since completion of their doctoral degree. In some exceptions, researchers with up to sixteen and a half years of experience are also considered.
A maximum of two million Euros can be request per project. Researchers from third countries or whose projects have particular high investment costs, can apply for up to 2.75 million Euros with a maximum project duration of five years.
ERC Advanced Grant
The funding line targets exceptional established research leaders. Applicants must have outstanding research performance from the last ten years.
A maximum of 2.5 million Euros per project can be requested. Researchers from third countries or whose projects have particular high investment costs, can apply for up to 3.5 million Euros with a maximum project duration of five years.
ERC Synergy Grant
Groups of two to four outstanding researchers, so called principal investigators, and as necessary, their teams, are eilgible to apply. Up to 15 million Euros can be requested for a duration of six years.
ERC Proof of Concept
This funding line is for ERC grant holders, who would like to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects. The budget encompasses a maximum of 150,000 Euros for a duration of up to 18 months.
Support for Members of RWTH
Division 4.2 Research Funding supports and advises researchers at RWTH Aachen University in all project phases, in particular during the application process.
I would like to express my great appreciation for the support given to me by your ERC team! The support – especially regarding application strategy, the advising before the interview, the presentation styling, the selection of external consultants etc. was excellent and an essential part of the success.
Professor Dr.med. Tom Lüdde, Ph.D / MHBA (Mildred Scheel Professor of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Hepatobiliary Oncology, Senior Physician in charge of the Medical Clinic III, University Hospital RWTH Aachen)
|Division 4.2 – Management of Third Party Funds / EU Section / EU Proposals and Projects Advising|
|Christof Kuhstoß||Telephone: +49 241 80 92507
|Vera Winter||Telephone: +49 241 80 92523