EC Framework Programme 7 - ERC Starting Independent Research Grants (StG) Information Session

Author: VPRD Office

EC Framework Programme 7 - ERC Starting Independent Research Grants (StG) Information Session will be held on the 28th of June - Tuesday at the College of Engineering Z 50 (Muhendislik Oditoryum). The information programme will start at 09:30 and the general session will end at 11:00.
If you would like to participate to information session please register to the following link :


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
Up to € 1.5 mio per grant; each grant for up to 5 years.

The Starting Grant is open to investigators who are working or intend to work in any part of the EU and associated countries and are in the position of starting or consolidating their first independent research team. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 2 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.)). In case of uncertainty whether your certificate fulfils the eligibility criteria, please consult Annex 5 (p. 55) of the Work Programme on 'PhD and Equivalent Doctoral Degrees'.

Supported Fields
Applications may be made in any field of research according to the bottom-up principle, i.e. investigator driven research. Trans-disciplinary proposals are encouraged.

Calls and Deadlines
The ERC publishes a call for Starting Grants once a year in summer with deadlines in autumn.

More information
ERC press release; revised Work Programme; Guide for Applicants

Questions? Contact Gizem Oztimur Toprak (, ext: 1218).