ERC Fellowship

The European Research Council funds international growing reputation projects as recognition of scientific excellence for researchers from anywhere in the world.



About the ERC program

The research projects must cover research topics at the frontier of knowledge in any scientific field, including social sciences and interdisciplinary studies.

The grants are suitable both for young researchers who start or consolidate as directors of a group («Starting Grants», «Consolidator Grants») and for scientists with a recognized scientific career («Advanced Grants»).

The evaluation of proposals is carried out by courts of internationally recognized experts. Researchers requesting funding from the ERC must be firmly committed to the project and dedicate at least 50% of his/her time to it at UPM premises.

ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher (the "principal investigator") and his/her team. The formation of research teams is flexible and can be formalized after the sign of the Grant Agreement. In addition, members can be of any nationality. The project will finance his/her working contract and the one of the staff of his/her research team to develop the project for a period of up to five years in UPM, combining with another activity or work in a non-EU country.

Call Eligibility Criteria Grant Request
ERC Starting Grants For promising early-career researchers with 2 to 7 years experience after PhD Up to 1.5€ million for 5 years
ERC Consolidator Grants For excellent researchers with 7 to 12 years
experience after PhD
Up to 2€ million for 5 years
ERC Advanced Grants For established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements Up to 2.5€ million for 5 years
ERC Proof of Concept For existing ERC grant holders to bring their research ideas closer to market Lump Sum Grant of 150.000€
Synergy Grants To address ambitious research questions that can only be answered by the coordinated work of a small group of 2-4 principal Investigators Up to 10€ million for 6 years

Check the deadlines of the different calls 

Join us and submit your ERC grant with UPM

If you are a researcher from anywhere in the world,  you have excellent research proposal and you want to make use of the excellent research infrastructure of the UPM, the International Project Office helps you to get your grant with the ERC.

We will advise you during the preparation of your project proposal (helping to write the proposal, to select the evaluation panels and explaining you the evaluation process). Moreover, we will put you in contact with the responsible personnel department, centre or research institute in which UPM will accommodate your ERC research project.
Contact at UPM: Patricia Benito


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