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ERC Grants are awarded to a single researcher ('Principal Investigator') heading an individual research team to conduct a frontier research project on the condition that he/she is engaged by a legally established hosting organisation.

There are five types of ERC grant:

  • ERC Starting Grants
  • ERC Consolidator Grants
  • ERC Advanced Grants
  • ERC Proof of Concept
  • ERC Synergy Grants ( only two calls were published in 2012 and 2013)

In order to be eligible for an ERC Advanced Grant the PI must be independent. For the ERC Starting Grant, the PI needs to be establishing independence (i.e. starting or leading their first research team) or, depending on the field, establishing their independent research programme.

Further information can be found here:

Contact the Research Operations Office European Team:

Assistant Director for Biological Sciences & EU Matters

Renata Schaeffer

Tel: 01223 761648


European & International Policy Manager 

Laura Carletti

Tel: 01223 748098


EC Coordinator Grants Manager

Catherine Hill

Tel: 01223 761647


European & International Research Facilitator - ERC Matters 

Francesca Nieto

Tel: 01223 335501


Senior EC Support Advisor - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Matters

Peter Martin

Tel: 01223 763141 


EC Research Support Advisors - Financial Matters

Pasquale Raiola

Tel: 01223 766736

Jacopo Benincasa (On secondment in Finance until September 2019)

Tel: 01223 332217

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