European Research Council allocated €1.75bn by EC for funding research projects

9 July 2012

The European Commission has announced a total budget of €1.75 billion to support projects funded by the European Research Council in 2013 in all fields (physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and social sciences & humanities).

It is estimated that this funding will support around 900 researchers in 2013 (each employing a further 6 team members on average). It is part of the European Commission's final, and biggest, call for proposals for research projects under its Seventh Framework
Programme (FP7).

ERC President Prof Helga Nowotny said that: "These new calls, which I hope will stir the curiosity of many researchers, will continue to provide the best talents working in Europe with generous and long-term funding. I am personally convinced that it is crucial to allow
researchers the freedom they need to explore new ideas in rapidly-emerging fields. Excellence is not an academic indulgence — it is the uncompromising driving force in frontier research".

Two new major features are introduced in this year's calls:

  • The existing "ERC Starting Grant" (aimed at outstanding researchers who are establishing their first research teams or programmes) will be split into two calls:
    • the "ERC Starting Grant" (StG) for researchers with at least 2 and up to 7 years work experience after their PhD and
    • the "ERC Consolidator Grant" (CoG) for researchers with over 7 and up to 12 years work experience after their PhD.
  • There will now be one single deadline for each call, instead of different deadlines for each of the three scientific domains, as there has been in the past.

The money invested in 2013 will be allocated as follows:

  • ERC Starting Grants: €398 million;
  • ERC Consolidator Grants: €523 million;
  • ERC Advanced Grants: €662 million;
  • ERC Synergy Grants: €150 million;
  • ERC Proof of Concept Grants: €10 million

The ERC's Scientific Council, the governing body of the ERC, has established the following budget split between each of the three scientific domains as follows:

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering (44%),
  • Life Sciences (39%) and
  • Social Sciences & Humanities (17%).

The "Advanced Grant call" (AdG) will be published on the same day as the StG call (10 July 2012), with a deadline in November 2012, a departure from the practice of previous years. The call for Consolidator Grants will be published in the Autumn.

The pilot "Synergy grant" will be repeated this year, following its great popularity in its first year. More than 700 proposals were submitted, which are currently being evaluated, for a very limited number of available grants.

ERC grant holders will also be able to submit proposals for the Proof of Concept grants, to develop the innovative and commercial aspects of their ERC project.

Publication dates of the ERC calls 2013 and their deadlines:

  Publication date Deadline
Starting Grant (ERC-2013-StG) 10 July 2012 17 Oct 2012
Advanced Grant (ERC-2013-AdG) 10 July 2012 22 Nov 2012
Synergy Grant (ERC-2013-SyG) 10 Oct 2012 10 Jan 2013
Consolidator Grant (ERC-2013-CoG) 7 Nov 2012 21 Feb 2013
Proof of Concept (ERC-2013-PoC)  (*For existing ERC grantees only) 10 Jan 2013 24 April 2013 &
3 Oct 2013

More information

1. The ERC funding schemes and new calls:

2. The Work Programme 2013:

3. The EC 7th Framework funding announcement


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