ERC Synergy Grants

Funded by

European Research Council (ERC)

In brief

ERC Synergy Grants are awarded to groups of two to four outstanding researchers of any nationality. They can be at the start of their careers or established researchers and should bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources to address research problems that could lead to breakthroughs not possible by the individual researchers working alone.

Who can apply?

A group of excellent researchers that

  • is interdisciplinary
  • plans to use multidisciplinary approaches and
  • has a groundbreaking and ambitious research proposal that would not be possible working alone

Further requirements

Up to four Host institutions (universities, research institutions, companies or international organisations) could engage a Principal Investigator for at least the duration of the project, and one of these Host Institutions, with the exception of the corresponding Host institution, may be a legal entity established outside the European Union or Associated Countries or an international organisation. Applicants must provide a letter of commitment from the host institutions.

Type and extent of funding

Funding of up to 10 million euros, in exceptional cases up to 14 million euros, for a research project of the researchers’ choice. The researchers’ salary may also be (partly) paid out of these funds.


Up to 6 years.


Applications must be submitted online by the researchers on behalf of the host institutions through the Funding & Tenders Portal (see link below). ERC Synergy Grants are advertised once a year. For information on the next application period please check the ERC website.