ERC Advanced Grants

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Funded by

European Research Council (ERC)


In brief

Senior researchers of any nationality can carry out research projects at the frontiers of knowledge at a host institution (universities, research institutions, companies or international organisations) in Germany (or another EU member state or associated country). Applications can be made in any field of research.


Who can apply?

Senior scientists with

  • an outstanding track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years
  • a ground-breaking and ambitious research proposal

Further requirements

The host institution must employ the researcher for at least the duration of the project. Applicants must provide a letter of commitment from the host institution.


Type and extent of funding

Funding of up to 2.5 million euros, in exceptional cases up to 3.5 million euros, to complete a research project of the researcher’s choice. The researcher’s salary may also be (partly) paid out of these funds.



Up to 5 years.



Applications must be submitted online by the researcher on behalf of the host institution through the Funding & Tenders Portal (see link below). ERC Advanced Grants are advertised once a year.