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European Research Council‎ (ERC)

The EU has been funding basic and frontier research in Europe through the European Research Council (ERC) since 2007. Special features of ERC funding include, in particular, scientific autonomy in the design of the funding lines, the thematic openness of the calls and the funding of individual researchers. In Horizon Europe, the ERC is again located within the first pillar named "Excellent Science".

Researchers of any nationality and from all scientific disciplines are eligible to apply to the ERC. ERC-funded projects must be undertaken in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries. The sole selection criterion for ERC Grants is the scientific quality of both the project proposals and the applicants.
The ERC consists of an independent Scientific Council and a Secretariat (ERC Executive Agency of the European Commission). The Scientific Council is responsible in particular for the overall strategy (e.g. definition of funding lines), the establishment of the annual Work Programmes (with the ERC Calls) and the definition of the review and selection criteria (including the selection of ERC panel members). The ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) supports the Scientific Council and organises the operational programme implementation (calls, review procedures, grant agreements, etc.).

National Contact Point ERC

The German National Contact Point ERC is jointly managed by the EU Office of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the DLR Project Management Agency and the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi). Information and other contents of the KoWi ERC web pages were transferred to the existing NCP website (www.nks-erc.de).

Please refer to the complete list of NCP ERC contact persons.

KoWi contact persons

Part of the National Contact Point ERC:

  • Jennifer Striebeck (Head of Team)

  • Dr. Kristina Wien (Deputy Head of Team)

  • Dr. Claudia Breit (on parental leave)

  • Isabel Herzhoff

  • Dunja Hofmann

  • Dominik Maas

  • Katharina Spannhake

  • Martin Winger

In addition to the current accredited team of the National Contact Point ERC, further KoWi staff provide supplementary advice on the basis of the NCP guidelines on project management in ERC projects:

  • Sebastian Claus

  • Cristina Condovici

  • Yvette Gafinen

KoWi Services: Deadline for proofreading

KoWi continues to offer individual counselling on applications, as in previous years. For the ERC funding lines, we ask you to send us the complete proposal for proofreading, ideally three weeks before the respective submission deadlines, so that we can give you feedback in time. After this date, we may no longer be able to guarantee detailed feedback, depending on the number of proposals received.