Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

ERC Advanced Grants (ERC-2021-ADG)

Last update: 6 days ago Last update: 03 Aug, 2022


Location: EU 27 EU 27
Contracting Authority Type: Development Institution
Status: Awarded
Budget: Euro 626,000,000
Award ceiling: Euro 2,500,000
Award floor: N/A
Sector: Research
Eligible applicants: Individuals
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: 20 May, 2021

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Call Updates

Apr 7, 2022 12:26:45 PM


Published: 7 April 2022

Deadline: 31 August 2021

Available budget: EUR 626 000 000

The ERCEA, assisted by independent experts, has completed the evaluation of proposals submitted to the above call. The names of the experts that evaluated Horizon Europe proposals are published, collectively for each part of Horizon Europe and once per year, on the FUNDING & TENDERS PORTAL.


The results of the evaluation are as follows:

  • Number of proposals submitted 1735
  • Number of inadmissible proposals: 3
  • Number of ineligible proposals: 29
  • Number of above-threshold proposals [1]: 467

Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals [1]: 1.048.674.652 €

We informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals on 6 April 2022.

[1]The number of proposals that can finally be funded depends on the available budget and the completion of the formal procedures needed to conclude grant agreements.

The first grant agreements are expected to be signed by September 2022.

Information on the selected projects will be published on CORDIS after that date.


For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.


Sep 2, 2021 3:46:58 PM

The ERC-2021-ADG call closed on 31 August 2021.

A total of 1735 proposals were submitted in response to the ERC 2021 Advanced Grant Call (ERC-2021-ADG). The number of proposals for each domain is shown below:

  • Physical Sciences & Engineering (Panels: PE1 - PE11) 764
  • Life Sciences (Panels: LS1 - LS9) 499
  • Social Sciences & Humanities (Panels: SH1 – SH7) 472

The next call, ERC-2022-ADG, is planned to be published and opened for submission on the Single Electronic Data Interchange Area (SEDIA) - Funding & tender opportunities portal on 20 January 2022.

May 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM

The requirement of having a Gender Equality Plan (with minimum prerequisites) will not apply for the ERC 2021 calls. Please note, that the absence of the Gender Equality Plan will not prevent the signature of the grant agreement for the ERC 2021 Calls.

May 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM 

The submission session is now available for: ERC-2021-ADG(HORIZON-ERC)

ERC Advanced Grants


Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Call: Call for Proposals for ERC Advanced Grant (ERC-2021-ADG)
Type of action: HORIZON-ERC HORIZON ERC Grants
Type of MGA: HORIZON Action Grant Budget-Based [HORIZON-AG]
Deadline model: single-stage
Opening date: 20 May 2021
Deadline date: 31 August 2021 17:00:00 Brussels time

Topic description

ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Size of ERC Advanced Grants

Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years (the maximum award is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration).

However, up to an additional EUR 1 000 000 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 and/or (d) other major experimental and field work costs, excluding personnel costs. (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 Advanced Grant Principal Investigator

ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigators are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application.

A competitive Advanced Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown a record which identifies them as an exceptional leader in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

Principal Investigators of Advanced Grant proposals will be expected to demonstrate a record of achievements appropriate to the field and at least matching one or more of the following benchmarks: 10 publications as main author (or in those fields where alphabetic order of authorship is the norm, joint author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, and/or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed conferences proceedings of their respective field; 3 major research monographs. This benchmark is relevant to research fields where publication of monographs is the norm.

Other alternative benchmarks that may be considered (individually or in combination) as indicative of an exceptional record and recognition in the last 10 years: 5 granted patents; 10 invited presentations in well-established internationally organised conferences and advanced schools; 3 research expeditions led by the applicant Principal Investigator; 3 well-established international conferences or congresses where the applicant was involved as a member of the steering and/or organising committee; International recognition through scientific or artistic prizes/awards or membership in well-regarded Academies or artefact with documented use (for example, architectural or engineering design, methods or tools); Major contributions to launching the careers of outstanding researchers; Recognised leadership in industrial innovation.

For further information, please see the ERC Work Programme 2021.

Call Updates

Apr 7, 2022 12:26:45 PM


Published: 7 April 2022

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