The European Research Council (ERC) provides Starting Grants to support researchers (Principal Investigators) at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. The grants will support independent and excellent new individual research teams. The objective is to provide appropriate and adequate support to excellent researchers, whatever their nationality, located in or moving to the EU Member States and Associated Countries.
Funding & Duration
Starting Grants can be up to a maximum of €1, 500, 000 (approx. AUD $2,250,000) for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, in exceptional cases an additional amount of up to €500, 000 (approx AUD $750,000) funding can be made available.
ECR grants are available to researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise.
An ERC grant is awarded to the applicant legal entity – the host institution – that engages and hosts the PI for at least the duration of the grant. The host institution must either be established in an EU Member State or an Associated Country as a legal entity created under national law, or it may be an International European Interest Organisation.
Applications must be accompanied by a signed and completed copy of the University’s Grant Application Cover Sheet. Submissions may be emailed to the Research Branch unless otherwise specified.
Grants Officer: Dr Don McMaster