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ERC Work Programme 2019

Sep. 7, 2018 ERC


With more than 2 billion euro for grants in 2019, the European Research Council (ERC) is planning the EU's biggest ever investment in excellent researchers. Most of the funding is earmarked for early- to mid-career scientists. The ERC's work programme for the coming year was established by the Scientific Council as part of the EU's Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

Some new features of the 2019 ERC Work Programme:

  • Synergy grants: 400 million will be made available, a 60% increase on last year's budget, when Synergy Grants were reintroduced following the outcome of the evaluation of a two-year pilot in 2012 and 2013. For the first time this year, one Principal Investigator per Synergy Grant group at any one time can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the EU or Associated Countries.
  • ERC Proof-of-Concept grants (PoC): 25 million will be available to ERC grantees to explore the innovation potential of their ERC-funded discoveries. This is a 5 million increase compared to last year. In addition, the ERC is piloting the use of lump sums as a simplified funding mode for PoC. This will test efficiency and viability of such funding method compared to the current funding mode which is based on the declaration of actual costs.
  • Open Access: the Work Programme now clarifies that preprints can be listed as part of an applicant's track record - if they are properly referenced and either a link to the preprint or a DOI is provided. With this clarification the Scientific Council intends to recognise the role that preprints play in frontier science, especially when time is of the essence.

DOWNLOAD ERC Workprogramme here, refer to the related press releaseor visit the ERC website