Call ERC-2022-StG
ERC Starting Grant

Programme: Horizon Europe
Priority: Excellent Science
Objective: European Research Council
Topic: Starting Grant
Budget: 749 M€
Opening Date: 23-09-2021
Deadline: 13-01-2022
Call Documents: Call ERC-2022-StG

Objective of the European Research Council is to sustain excellence research, with a bottom-up approach, enhancing dynamism and creativity of European frontier research, by financing high-risk projects led by Principal Investigators with internationally relevant curricula.

All scientific fields are eligible. ERC strongly encourages multi- or interdisciplinary proposals that cross the boundaries between different fields of research, pioneering proposals addressing emerging areas of research or introducing innovative and unconventional approaches and scientific inventions.

The Starting Grant action is addressed to young researchers that have been awarded their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January 2022.

The Principal Investigator should be able to demonstrate a track record appropriate to his/her research field and carrier stage.

Publications in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals, also multidisciplinary – at least one as main author -, invitations to internationally recognized conferences, granted patents, awards and prizes received etc. shall be object of evaluation.

Proposals are submitted by the Principal Investigator in conjunction with the host institution, normally the sole legal entity participating in the project. Nevertheless, it is foreseen that, if necessary for the peculiarity of the research, the team may involve researchers from other organizations, legal entities that, in turn, can benefits from the EU contribution.

The researcher is required to spend at least 50% of his/her total working time on the financed project and to conduct overall, for the same percentage, his/her activity in an EU Member State or Associated Country.

The budget allocated by the European Commission for this deadline is 749 M€, with a number of granted projects foreseen in 502.

The maximum amount expected per Grant is 1,5 M € for a period of 5 years [to reduce pro rata in the event of projects of a shorter duration].

The EC financial contribution will take the form of the reimbursement of up to 100% of the total eligible and approved direct costs and of flat-rate financing of indirect costs on the basis of 25% of the total eligible direct costs [excluding the direct costs for subcontracting and any costs or lump sums which include indirect costs].

The host institution must be a legal entity located in an EU Member State or Associated Country.

The grant agreements shall be signed by the European Research Council Executive Agency and the host institution, which shall be responsible for the implementation of the project. The supervision of the research activities must be guaranteed to the Principal Investigator.

Normally, the Principal Investigator will be employed by the host institution for at least the duration of the project. Moreover, an integrative agreement between the Principal Investigator and the host institution will be signed for the regulation of rights and duties of the parties.

The proposals will be evaluated by international panels of experts on the basis of the sole criterion of scientific excellence, applied in conjunction to the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of the scientific project and the intellectual capacity, creativity and commitment of the Principal Investigator.

To participate in the ERC calls 2022 [Starting, Consolidator and Advanced], some restrictions have been introduced for PIs that applied under ERC WP 2020 and 2021. Following a summarising scheme.