There is no preferred size for Starting Grant teams. The proposed size of the research team should reflect the nature and objectives of the project. Furthermore, it will always be possible to carry out ERC projects as a single Principal Investigator.
Applicants should follow the budget requirements of the ERC: the funding for a Starting Grant-project is limited to a maximum of EUR 1.5 million for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). In exceptional cases, ERC Starting Grants may be up to EUR 2 million.