Opening of the European Research Council grants 2016 !

Tuesday, 3 November, 2015

The Work Programme 2016 for the European Research Council and the three related grant calls have been published, with a budget of over €1.6 billion.

1/ Starting Grants

Opening date: 29 July 2015
Deadline: 17 November 2015
Budget: € 485 million
For whom? ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams. (Researchers over 7 and up to 12 years after their PhD).

2/ Consolidator Grants (CoS)

Opening date: 15 October 2015
Deadline: 2 February 2016
Budget: € 605 million
For whom? ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers 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. (Researchers between 2 and 7 years after their PhD).

3/ Advanced Grants

Opening date: 24 May 2016
Deadline: 1 September 2016
Budget: € 605 million
For whom? The ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right.

More information about upcoming calls and procedures here :

If you consider to apply for an ERC grant, please contact your local EU national Contact point in charge of the ERC program :