Announcements

ERC Grants - Next framework programme ("Horizon 2020", from 2014-2020)

Author: Research, Project Development and Technology Transfer Directorate

ERC grants will continue in the next framework programme ("Horizon 2020", from 2014-2020). Expected publication of the provisional schedule for the new calls (ERC Work Programme 2014): December 2013

Likely submission deadlines of new ERC calls throughout 2014:

  • No calls for Synergy grants in 2014
  • Starting grants;  end of March 2014
  • Consolidator grants; end of May 2014
  • Advanced grants; end of October 2014
  • Proof of Concept grants (one call with two deadlines in 2014); likely to close beginning of April 2014 and beginning of October 2014

ERC Starting Grant (StG)

Objective of the Scheme
The scheme is designed to support excellent researchers at the stage at which they are starting or consolidating their own research team (one to several researchers, depending on the research project).

Size of the ERC Starting Grants
Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, up to an additional EUR 500 000 can be made available to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving from a another country to the EU or an Associated Country as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.

Eligibility
Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 2 and 7 years before the date of the publication of the call for proposals (special circumstances will be taken into account, such as maternity/paternity leave, military/civil service (+4.5 years max.)). Special rules count for medical doctors (MD).

Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator 

A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity. For example, it is expected that applicants will have produced at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track-record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Starting Grants shall spend a minimum 50% of their total working time on the ERC project and a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country. Principal Investigators shall ensure a sufficient time commitment and presence throughout the course of the project to guarantee its proper execution.

ERC Consolidator Grant (CoG)

Objective of the scheme
ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers (Principal Investigators) at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

Size of the ERC Consolidator Grants
Up to € 2 mio per grant; each grant for up to 5 years. If the Principal Investigator moves to a European country from a third country or needs to buy or have access to major equipment, he may apply for additional € 0.75 mio.

Eligibility
Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 7 and 12 years before the date of the publication of the call for proposals (special circumstances will be taken into account, such as maternity/paternity leave, military/civil service (+4.5 years max.)).

Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator

A competitive Consolidator Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown research independence and evidence of maturity. For example, it is expected that applicant Principal Investigators will have produced several important publications without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track-record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Starting Grants shall spend a minimum 50% of their total working time on the ERC project and a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country. Principal Investigators shall ensure a sufficient time commitment and presence throughout the course of the project to guarantee its proper execution.

ERC Advanced Grant (AdG)

Objectives of the Scheme
The aim is to fund individual teams led by established Principal Investigators, regardless of nationality, age or current location. Applicants must have an outstanding track record of research achievements which are recognised as such.

Size of the ERC Advanced Grants
Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, up to an additional EUR 1 000 000 can be made available to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving from a another country to the EU or an Associated Country as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant, and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.

Eligibility
The Advanced Grant is open to excellent and established investigators who are working or intend to work in any part of the EU and associated countries.

Profile of the Applicant
Applicants for the Advanced Grant are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. Depending on the research field, these achievements include at least 10 publications as senior author in major international peer reviewed scientific journals, or at least 3 major monographs.

For further details please contact Şebnem Doğan (sebnemdogan@ku.edu.tr, phone: x1065) and Emrah Göker (egoker@ku.edu.tr  x 1512) in Research, Project Development and Technology Transfer Directorate.