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Upcoming ERC deadlines 2021: what you need to know

September 29 2020

The ERC Scientific Council has just shared the tentative planning for the 2021 ERC calls for proposals. In this article, we share the upcoming deadlines, the different purposes of each call, and how ttopstart can help you with your ERC application. 

About the European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) is a funding body of the European Commission created to boost the scientific excellence of outstanding individual researchers. It specifically encourages Europe’s brightest minds to develop high-risk, ground-breaking projects of a fundamental nature which prepare society for the needs of a knowledge-based society, address global challenges, and raise the global profile of European frontier research.

About the ERC grants

ERC grants are personal excellence (individual) grants which encourage the highest quality research in Europe. They are awarded through open competition to starting and established researchers, based in Europe or moving to work in Europe, irrespective of their nationality. Being 'investigator-driven', ERC grants allow researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, the sole criterion for success being scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, confer status and visibility on the best brains in Europe, and attract talent from abroad. Based on the stage of your scientific career, you can apply for an ERC Starting, Consolidator, Advanced, or Proof of Concept grant.

Upcoming deadlines ERC 2021

ERC Grant Purpose & Amount Tentative deadlines 2021
  • To support young outstanding researchers to establish their own research line.
  • Eligibility: 2-≤7 years after PhD.
  • Up to €1.5M for a 5-year project.
9th March
  • To expand young research groups and ensure their long-term competitiveness.
  • Eligibility: 7-12 years since PhD.
  • Up to €2M for a 5-year project
20th April
  • To allow established researchers to explore novel frontiers.
  • Eligibility: 10-year track record.
  • Up to €2.5M for a 5-year project
31st August
  • To support exceptional collaborations between 2-4 researchers.
  • Up to €10M for a 6-year project.

No SyG call in 2021

Proof of Concept

  • To bridge the gap between research and earliest stage of marketable innovations.
  • Eligibility: For ERC laureates only.
  • Lump sum of €150,000 for an 18-month project.

16th March, 17th June, 20th October

How can ttopstart help you with your ERC application?

ttopstart has an excellent track record in developing successful ERC projects. For these applications, we first analyse the chances for success based on the applicant’s CV. After a 'go', we use our FFWD method for winning grant applications to co-develop the research framework together with the researcher, define the core research questions, and support the entirety of the writing process. Drawing upon our extensive ERC skills, we place particular focus on refining the candidate’s personal vision, elucidating the project’s broader scientific impact within and beyond the field, and defining the proposed scientific novelty in contrast to the current state of the art. For ERC Proof of Concept applications, we even go beyond grant writing by providing our tailored commercial intelligence and business development services to assess commercial feasibility within the project itself.

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About ttopstart

It is our mission to empower leading academic researchers to pursue ambitious research goals that will disrupt diverse scientific fields. We are the go-to source for leading academics to enhance and prepare their ERC ideas to maximise the impact of their ERC grant. 

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