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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 Bilogical Sciences & EU Matters

Renata Schaeffer

Tel: 01223 761648

European & International Policy Manager


Tel: 01223 765418

EC Coordinator Grants Manager

Catherine Hill

Tel: 01223 761647

ERC Officer 

Bethan Hosking Jones

Tel: 01223 335501

EC Research Support Advisor - Financial Matters  

Jacopo Benincasa

Tel: 01223 332217

EC Research Support Advisor - Marie Curie Matters

Nivedita Pande

Tel: 01223 764791

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