Open Call ERC Advanced Grant 2018

Appel ERC Advanced Grant 2018

Are you an established, leading Principal Investigator, who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? Apply for an ERC Advanced Grants! These funds make it possible to support scientists of excellence and recognized in their field of research.

About the Individual Fellowships

How do I apply

Practical information and application

About the Individual Fellowships

The ERC, European Research Council, set up by EU, funds top researchers in Europe, of any nationality, helping them pursue great ideas at frontiers of knowledge. On Wednesday 23 May 2018, they opened the ERC Advanced Grant 2018 call, which has a total budget of 450 million euros and will therefore be able to finance around 194 grants.


Who can apply?

The ERC Advanced Grant call is addressed to scientists recognized in their field, nationally and internationally.

Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants 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.

For detailed information, please take a look at the ERC Work Programme 2018, (page 25f).


What can be funded?

Applications can be made in any field of research. The ERC's grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities.

The research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (Host Institution). The HI must provide appropriate conditions for the Principal Investigator to independently direct the research and manage its funding.

ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher 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.
Vacancies for team members interested in joining an ERC led research project, can be published on the ABG-website.


How much does the funding cover?

Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2.5million for a maximal period of 5 years. However, an additional € 1 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs in the following cases: 

An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.

How do I apply?

To prepare your application the best way, please consult the following guide:

Information for Applicants to the Advanced Grant 2018 Call

The completed proposal needs to be submitted before the closing date of 30.08.2018.

Practical information and application


For a more detailed overview of the checklist, please click here.

Here you can find a section on FAQs.

Closing of the call:  30.08.2018 at 17.00 (Brussels local time).

Candidates will be informed on the outcome of their application on 29.01.2019

Grant agreements will take efekt from 08.08.2019


Apply on the website of the European Commission