European Research Council


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The Irish Research Council and SFI presented a Webinar on the 12th February 2015, which provides detailed information, relevant to all areas of expertise, about the ERC and, in particular, the Advanced Grant scheme. The Webinar is available to view at the following link: ERC Advanced Grant Webinar February 2015.


The European Research Council (ERC) is a European funding initiative, set up under the “Ideas” pillar of the EU Framework Programme 7. The objective is to fund bottom-up, frontiers scientific/scholarly projects across science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence. The ERC provides generous funding for scientists who want to explore new and original ideas. Three types of ERC grants are currently available to support researchers in carrying out frontier research projects: ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant (ERC Starting Grant), ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (ERC Advanced Grant) and ERC Consolidator Grants. ERC funding is complementary to national research funding including Irish Research Council funding. Direct information on the ERC is available here 


Irish Research Council - ERC Application Development & Support Programme 

The Irish Research Council Strategy for ERC focusses on building up existing research excellence in the humanities and social sciences cultivating quality applications. General supports to applicants is provided in a range of ways, helping to increase the number of successful applications. 

- Guidance on proposal preparation and resolution of technical queries in conjunction with the ERCEA

- Assistance on Enterprise Ireland proposal development support applications and endorsing such applications in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland. 

- Mock interviews for Stage 2 Applicants in the Starting and Consolidator grant schemes  

From 2015, the Council will take a two pronged approach to increasing the number of successful applications (i) to develop the pipeline applicants by increasing track record and (ii) support those who were close to success.

- In conjunction with Research Officers in the institutions, the Council identifies candidates in social science and humanities disciplines with a suitable track record for application to the ERC. Many of these applicants will have already received some funding from the Irish Research Council at postgraduate or postdoctoral level. Applicants to all streams of ERC funding may also have been successful in obtaining small project grant funding from the Irish Research Council.  

- In order to support success of the growing number of applications to SH panels, the Council will be providing a “Basic Research Excellence Award” to each unsuccessful ERC application achieving an ‘A’ rated outcome. This outcome is achieved where the application is deemed fundable but was not ranked highly enough given the available budget of the ERC in that call. This Irish Research Council funding will be in the region of between €60,000 and €100,000 for each award. The award will be contingent on a bona fide intention to reapply in the next available call. Please see Terms and Conditions below.


For information on all ERC programmes and current open call and guideline documents please visit