Horizon 2020 (2014 - 2020)

ERC Starting Grant (ERC-2017-STG)

Last update: 3 days ago Last update: 30 Sep, 2022


Location: EU 27 EU 27
Contracting Authority Type: Development Institution
Status: Awarded
Budget: Euro 605,000,000
Award ceiling: N/A
Award floor: N/A
Sector: Research
Eligible applicants: Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities: EU 27, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia ... See more EU 27, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine
Date posted: 26 Jul, 2016

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Call updates:

08 September 2017 12:19

The overall results of the ERC 2017 STG call are available in the Topic conditions and documents section under Additional documents.

12 December 2016 09:35

A total of 3082 proposals were submitted in response to the ERC 2017 Starting Grant Call (ERC-2017-STG). The number of proposals for each domain is shown below:

o Physical Sciences & Engineering (Panels: PE1 - PE10) 1348
o Life Sciences (Panels: LS1 - LS9) 865
o Social Sciences & Humanities (Panels: SH1 - SH6) 869

17 October 2016 11:05

The submission session is now available for: ERC-2017-STG(ERC-STG).

A new version of the document "Information for applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2017 Calls" has been uploaded. The changes to the previous version are shown below:

1. A reminder to applicants never to contact an ERC expert about the peer review evaluation (according section 3.2 of the ERC Rules for Submission) has been inserted on page 9
2. A notice that the ERC panel members are acting as generalists within their field (p 24)
3. A warning of potential problems saving data from the electronic submission form when working off-line (p 32)
4. A highlight of the importance of testing the system set-up with different browsers and security settings and emphasizing the importance for applicants to contact the SEP service desk well in advance if problems with the IT setup occurs (pp 13, 31, 33 and 38).

27 July 2016 15:05

The submission session is now available for: ERC-2017-STG(ERC-STG).

TOPIC : ERC Starting Grant

Topic identifier: ERC-2017-STG
Publication date: 26 July 2016

Types of action: ERC-STG Starting Grant
Planned opening date:
26 July 2016
Deadline: 18 October 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Call identifier: ERC-2017-STG

 Topic Description


ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Size of ERC Starting Grants

Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years (The maximum award is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration. This does not apply to ongoing projects).

However, up to an additional EUR 500 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities (As any additional funding is to cover major one-off costs it is not subject to pro-rata temporis reduction for projects of shorter duration. All funding requested is assessed during evaluation).

Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator

The Principal Investigator shall have been awarded their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January 2017. The effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD can be reduced in certain properly documented circumstances.

A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

For further information please see the ERC Work Programme 2017.

Call updates:

08 September 2017 12:19

The overall results of the ERC 2017 STG call are available in the Topic conditions and documents section under Additional documents.

12 December 2016 09:35

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