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European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants 2020 - long-term funding for frontier research in Europe

Deadline: 26 August 2020

European Research Council

ERC Advanced Grants are long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project in Europe.

They support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. This action is open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any Member State or Associated Country.

The ERC's frontier research grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities.


Researchers of any nationality, any age. Applicants —called Principal Investigators (PI)— are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.

The Principal Investigators should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.


Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI). It could be the HI where the applicant already works, or any other HI located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries


Up to € 2.5 million per grant.

Researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean: note that an additional € 1 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving from Latin America and the Caribbean (or any other third country) to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.

Duration: Up to 5 years

Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal

Important notice: Time to spend on the project

Researchers applying for ERC-funding must be strongly committed to the project and spend a significant amount of time on it. However, it is not obligatory to spend 100% of your time in Europe whilst carrying out the ERC-funded research.

For Advanced Grants, the Principal Investigator should devote at least 30% of her/his working time to the ERC project and spend at least 50% of her/his total working time in a EU Member State or Associated Country.

More information for Latin American and the Caribbean researchers

Please, note that ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher ('Principal Investigator') who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country.

Deadline: 26 August 2020

(Euraxess Latin America and the Caribbean)

[Boletín SIUN 487, 21 de mayo de 2020]

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