The Work Programme 2021 for the European Research Council (ERC), major actor for research grants in Europe, was presented yesterday by the European Commission. For this first work programme under Horizon Europe, three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions have been announced. The total amount of these calls is set to €1.9 billion.
The first open call announced is the European Research Council Starting Grants, aimed at supporting researchers with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD, to start their own research team or programme. It is accessible for any field of research conducted in a public or private research organisation. It will be launched on 25 February. More info on the Starting Grants
Later in March, Consolidator Grants will be available for researchers with 7-12 years of experience. Grants may be awarded up to €2 million for a period of 5 years. It is dedicated to researchers looking to consolidate their own research team or programme. More info on the Consolidator Grants
Finally, the Advanced Grants for leading advanced investigators will be launched in May with a budget of €626 million overall. These grants are intended for established, leading principal investigator who want long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project. More info on the Advanced Grants