ERC Starting Grants

In brief

Postdoctoral researchers of any nationality can strengthen their research independence by establishing their own research team 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?

Talented early career researchers who

  • completed an excellent PhD, generally between 2 and 7 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 1.5 million euros, in exceptional cases up to 2.5 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 Starting 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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