ERC Advanced Grants support ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements. Up to 2.5 million Euro are available for projects of up to 5 years duration.

Deadline to apply is 26 August 2020.


The four main ERC frontier research grants will be available under Work Programme 2020: Starting; Consolidator; Advanced; and Synergy Grants. ERC Principal Investigators will continue to be able to apply for Proof of Concept Grants. Work Programme 2020 will continue to pilot the award of Proof of Concept grants on the basis of a lump sum of EUR 150 000. Restrictions on applications will apply to the 2020 calls based on the outcome of the evaluation of previous calls – see restrictions on submission of proposals under “Eligibility criteria”.

ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigators are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in their field during the last 10 years. A competitive Advanced Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown a record which identifies them as an exceptional leader in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

Principal Investigators who wish to apply to one of the ERC’s calls will need to apply through the EU Funding & Tenders Portal. This contains all the information necessary for applying to each ERC call as well as details of your National Contact Point who can provide information and personalised support in your native language at: Potential applicants, and those interested in more information on the ERC in general can find out more, including the background to the ERC’s mission and organisation, a description of the main funding schemes, a step by step guide to applying to the ERC and details of funded projects here:

 In most fields, PIs will be expected to have a proven track record of achievements in the past 10 years appropriate to their research field and at least matching one or more of the following benchmarks, for instance: up to 10 significant publications as main author in leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field, or major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals; 3 major research monographs (for research fields where monographs is the norm). They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in wellestablished international conferences, organization of international conferences, granted patents, leading research expeditions, awards, prizes, academy memberships etc. 8 . Any documented career break during the last ten years should be clearly explained in the dedicated section of the CV.

Eligible Proposals

All proposals must be complete and submitted by eligible Principal Investigators before the relevant call deadline. Please see section 2.1 of the document "Information for Applicants to the Advanced Grant Call 2020" for an overview of a complete ERC proposal. All scientific fields are eligible for ERC funding . All applications and the related supporting information are reviewed to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met. The proposal's content should be related to the objectives of the call and must meet all its eligibility requirements. If there are doubts about the eligibility of a proposal, the peer review evaluation may proceed pending a final decision by the eligibility review committee. The fact that a proposal is evaluated in such circumstances does not constitute proof of its eligibility. If it becomes clear before, during or after the peer review evaluation phase, that one or more of the eligibility criteria has not been met (for example, due to incorrect or misleading information), the proposal will be declared ineligible and not considered any further.

Download the call with complete application instructions here.

Read more about the ERC Work Programme 2020 here. 

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