The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.
ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and confer status and visibility on the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.
The ERC promotes 3 main types of grants with a duration of 5 years:
- Starting Grants, which can be granted to scientists with 2 to 7 years of professional experience after their doctorate, and can achieve a €2 Million funding;
- Consolidator Grants, which can be granted to scientists with 7 to 12 years of professional experience after their doctorate, and can achieve a €2,75 Million funding;
- Advanced Grants, which can be granted to scientists whose results have been scientifically meaningful in their 10 previous professional years, and can achieve a €3,5 Million funding.