European Research Council

The European Research Council encourages the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research. This is across all fields, based on scientific excellence. If you are a researcher, find out which ERC grant is right for you. If you are in industry, find out how you can benefit from getting involved.

Introduction to European Research Council

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 UK Research Office (UKRO) Brussels is the ERC UK National Contact Point. Further information on the programme and how to apply can be found on the UKRO website. Contact the team for free, impartial advice and to sign up for regular events on how to apply for calls.

Follow UKRO on Twitter and LinkedIn for ERC programme news and events.

Work Programme

The Work Programme outlines the ERC’s funding opportunities.

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Funding calls

Introduction to EU Missions

EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. EU Missions are a coordinated effort by the Commission to pool the necessary resources in terms of funding programmes, policies and regulations, as well as other activities.

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Introduction to the EU Partnerships

EU Partnerships are initiatives where the EU, national authorities and/or the private sector jointly commit to support the development and implementation of a programme of research and innovation activities.

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Excellent Science Pillar

European Research Council

Excellent Science Pillar

European Research Council

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.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are the EU flagship programme for doctoral and postdoctoral training, equipping researchers with new knowledge and skills through mobility across borders and exposure to different sectors and disciplines.

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Research Infrastructures

Excellent Science Pillar

Research Infrastructures

Research infrastructures are facilities that provide resources and services for the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields.

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