H2020 – ERC Consolidator Grant (CoG)


The European Research Council (ERC) finances researchers of excellence (Principal Investigators), with relevant curricula, of any nationality and age who wish to carry out research activities in the Member States of the European Union or in the associated countries. ERC promotes:

  • long-term grants for high-risk research projects (High Risk – High Gain);
  • bottom-up approach with openness to any field of research, with no predefined topic or sector priorities, but only with respect to the criterion of scientific excellence;
  • academic frontier research Breakthrough, not incremental, characterized by the input to go beyond the State of the Art. The application of research results is not required.


  • The establishment of a consortium is not required.
  • For Consolidated Grants (CoG) the Letter Committment of the host institution signed by the legal representative is required.


–  Call ERC are published on the official website of the program (Participant Portal) following the instructions in the ERC WP 2020 work program and in the online manual H2020.


Researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience from the completion of the doctorate can apply (any extensions are possible under certain circumstances – ERC work program).


Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by October 24, 2018 and by February 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm by the Principal Investigator (PI) in collaboration with and on behalf of the “host institution” (HI) where you intend to perform research. This HI could also be the institution where the investigator already works or any other Hi present in one of the EU Member States or in one of the associated countries. The PI can hire researchers of any nationality (including non-Europeans) as members of the team.

To receive support you can contact the National Contact Point (NCP) of your country.

EVALUATION PROCESS: the international evaluators, selected by the ERC scientific council, evaluate the proposals on the basis of the excellence of submitted scientific projects and of the PI curriculum.

FINANCING TYPE: Grants are awarded to the HI up to 2 million euros for a period of 5 years. An additional EUR 0.75 million is available to cover travel costs for researchers moving from a third country to the EU or within an Associated Country and for the purchase of equipment. Only the proposals with the highest score receive an ERC grant.

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