European Union – EEAS (European External Action Service) | If you are a researcher

There are two different kind of research grants which you could apply

European Research Council (ERC) Grants

There are three types of ERC grants: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced. To apply, you must have:

  • An excellent research proposal
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation located in of the EU member states or Associated Countries.
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal.
  • Research duration of up to 5 years

If you have completed your PhD and have 2 to 7 years of research experience, then the ERC StartingGrant is for you. Funding per grant may reach 1.5 million euros (in some circumstances up to 2 million euros).

If you have 7-12 years of research experience after completing your PhD, then the ERC Consolidator Grant is for you. Funding per grant up to 2 million euros (2.75 million euros in some cases).

If you have a research track-record and profile which identifies you as a leader in your respective field of research, then the ERC Advanced Grant is for you. Funding per grant up to 2.5 million euros (3.5 million euros in some cases).

How to Apply?

Applications can be submitted when an ERC call for proposals is opened. For successful applicants an agreement is then signed between the ERC and the institution that will host your research project (“Host Institution”) in an EU Member State or an Associated Country.

For more information on the ERC please click here

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellowship

There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

1. European Fellowships

  • Held in EU Member States or Associated.
  • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
  • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
  • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

2. Global Fellowships

  • Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or Associated Countries.
  • There is a mandatory one-year return period.

Who can be funded?

This action is meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world.

Only experienced researchers can apply. This means you will have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

What does the funding cover?

The grant provides an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to your host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported.

European Fellowships last from one to two years, Global Fellowships from two to three years.

How do I apply?

You submit a research proposal, including your CV. The proposal is written jointly with your chosen host organisation(s) (a university, a research centre or a company).

Proposals are submitted in reply to a call for proposals. All open calls and related information such as the Guide for Applicants and full eligibility criteria can be found at the Participant Portal.

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