ERC Consolidator Grant Call 2018 now open with a budget of €550m

ERC Consolidator Grant Call 2018 now open with a budget of €550m

Submission Deadline 15 February 2018

Individual grants of up to €2m over 5 years 

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Profile of the ERC Consolidator Grant Principal Investigator

The Principal Investigator shall have been awarded their first PhD over 7 and up to 12 years prior to 1 January 2018 (i.e., between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2010). The effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD can be reduced in certain properly documented circumstances such as maternity leave - if in doubt please consult the EU team.

A competitive Consolidator Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced several important publications as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

Further Information on this call Research & Innovation Participant Portal

Support from the EU team

The EU Team are here to assist in every aspect of an ERC proposal so please contact us if there is anything we can advise on, from concerns over Brexit or your competitiveness in this call, to any aspect of bid development. It is very useful for us to be given early notification of your intention to submit so that we can help you with costings and budget development, ensure that your proposal is recorded on the new research workflow management system in good time, and that all necessary approvals are in place to allow submission. In addition, we can usually arrange for you to have access to previously successful bids and we offer a Bid Review Service but this is not without resource constraints and so the earlier you notify us of your interest in this function the better.

Initial contact for all enquiries: Michael McGuigan ext. 4877

ERC Workshops

Assisted by GU-based ERC Evaluators and award-holders, the EU Team will be running several workshops to assist applicants. These workshops have been consistently highly rated by past participants; places are limited so please note the workshop registration deadlines set out below (workshop details will be sent following registration):

CV/ Track Record development workshop: Thursday 7 December; 2pm to 5pm (register by 5pm Friday 1 December)

Proposal Development workshop: Thursday 11 January; 10am to 1pm (register by 5pm Friday 5 January)

Workshop registration process: by email to

We are very keen to encourage applications to this prestigious scheme which covers 100% of direct costs (including PI salary costs), plus a 25% contribution to overheads.

We have a range of measures in place to support applicants and I am happy to address all queries/ willing to attend research group meetings etc to describe/explain/present as required.

First published: 10 November 2017

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