ERC General Information 2021

All information concerning the European Research Council (ERC) can be found on the ERC website


Please see the following excellent instructional videos produced by the European Research Council which explain the general procedures behind the preparation of a proposal to the Starting Grant, Consolidator grant, or Advanced Grant calls.



Video 1: Step by Step Guide to the ERC Application Process

This is a quick and simple video explaining which researchers are eligible to apply for European Research Council grants, at what points in their career, what type of grants we offer, how ERC grant proposals are evaluated - plus all the basics to help you decide when and how you could apply!

Video 2: How to get started with your ERC proposal

In this video, we will walk you through 7 things to consider before applying for an ERC grant. You need to be strategic in your career, and writing an application takes a lot of time and effort. However, an ERC grant offers independence and recognition. You can research a topic of your own choice, with your own team. It will increase your visibility, help you access large facilities, buy the necessary equipment, attract the best team members and collaborators and bring additional funding.

Video 3: How to write Part 1 of your ERC proposal

In this video, we will be talking about the more research-focused part of the ERC application. If you’re considering applying for an ERC grant, you may already know that an application is made up of three parts: part A, part B1 and part B2. Here, we will look into the 3 sections that make up the second part of your application, part B1, and give you some practical tips.

Video 4: How to write part B2 of your ERC proposal

In this video, we will talk about the scientific part of the proposal that is referred to as part B2. This is the part where the panel dig deep into your proposal. In this video, we will cover what to consider when writing part B2.

Video 5: How are ERC proposals evaluated?

In this video we will walk you through the ERC evaluation process. You might think that this is not very relevant, but it actually indirectly impacts on how you write your proposal. Imagine that you have sent your proposal. What happens next? What’s going on behind the scenes while you are waiting for a decision? Let’s go through the 7 phases of the ERC evaluation process.

Video 6: ERC Interview Process

In this video, we will walk you through the ERC interview process, so that you can feel a little more prepared. At the end of the video, we will also give you 8 top tips for a good ERC interview. ERC interviews have quite a reputation and can be nerve-wracking. If you watch this video, you’ll have a much better appreciation of what you will be faced with.