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ERC Consolidator Grants
ERC Consolidator Grants are aimed at promising researchers who are at the beginning of an independent research career. With the grant, the consolidation of their own research team will be funded.
Consolidator Grants will be awarded for up to 5 years, with a funding of up to EUR 2 million (in exceptional a top-up of up to EUR 750,000 can be granted). The research project has to be executed at a host institution in an EU Member State or FP7 associated country.
Researchers of any nationality can apply for a Consolidator Grant if they were awarded their PhD between 7 to 12 years prior to the publication date of the respective call for proposals. Special rules apply for medical doctors (MDs) and for applicants with a career break (in such cases the eligibility time window can be prolonged for up to 16 years and 6 months).
For the evaluation of the researcher profile several benchmarks according to research domain and career development are taken into account. For instance, applicants should have several important publications without their PhD supervisor. Other benchmarks include publications as first author in high-ranking international journals, (translated) monographs, patents, conference presentations or (inter)national prizes and awards.
ERC Grants are awarded to the Principal Investigator for building up a new research team and can be transferred to other host institutions (portability). However, for reasons of financial administration, the grant is transferred to the host institution. The host institution must nevertheless guarantee that the Principal Investigator has the authority to manage the funding and make resource allocations independently.
The budget for this funding scheme in the 2013 Work Programme is EUR 523 million.
KoWi Factsheet for the ERC Consolidator Grants [de] [en]