ERC Consolidator Grants

In brief

Postdoctoral researchers of any nationality can strengthen their research independence through the consolidation of their own research team at a host institution (university, research institution, company or international organisation) in Germany (or other EU member state or associated country). Applications can be made in any field of research.

Who can apply?

Researchers who

  • completed an excellent PhD, generally between 7 and 12 years ago
  • are at the beginning of an independent research career and have already shown research independence
  • have a promising academic track record
  • present 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 million euros, in exceptional cases up to 3 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 Consolidator Grants are advertised once a year.

EU Funding & Tenders Portal

Find all funding programmes and tenders managed by different EU bodies here.

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