Horizon2020: European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants

European Research Council (ERC) grants are available to support researchers in carrying out frontier research projects. The European Research Council (ERC) is a European funding initiative, designed to support the best scientists, engineers and scholars in Europe. Its mandate is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.

ERC Advanced Grants
allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.
The ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right.

In brief:
Research proposal: pioneering frontier research in any field of science, engineering and scholarship
Researchers: candidates can be of any nationality, any age, must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track-record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research
Host organisation: legally recognised public or private research organisation situated in an EU Member State (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom) or an Associated Country. The Associated Countries are Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia and Turkey.
Funding: up to EUR 2.5 M per grant.
Duration: up to 5 years
Calls for proposals: published annually
Up to an additional EUR 1 000 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover: 
- eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant;
- and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or 
- access to large facilities.

How to apply?
An ERC grant application should be submitted by a single PI with the support, and on behalf of, the host institution. It can be submitted only in response to an open call for proposals via the web-based Electronic Proposal Submission Service (EPSS).

Contact your national contact point for further info: http://erc.europa.eu/national-contact-points

Deadlines:
- Physical Sciences and Engineering: 30 August 2018, 17:00:00 (CET).
- Social Sciences and Humanities: 30 August 2018, 17:00:00 (CET).
- Life Sciences: 30 August 2018, 17:00:00 (CET).

Find out more: http://erc.europa.eu/advanced-grants