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ERC-Consolidator Grant 2020 - 4 February 2020

ERC-Advanced Grant 2020 -  26 August 2020

ERC CALLS 2021-2022: Tentative planning 

The ERC Scientific Council is sharing its tentative planning for the 2021-2022 ERC calls for proposals. In a special communication note, some of the main novelties are presented. These include amongst others:

  • Calendar of the calls in 2021 may differ from the calendar of 2020 calls for proposals; we expect call deadlines will be similar to those during the transition from FP7 to Horizon 2020, i.e. in 2014 (to be confirmed): 
    • ERC-Starting: March
    • ERC-Consolidator: May
    • ERC-Advanced: October

  • Any shift in the calls timetable is not expected to affect the eligibility periods of candidates applying for ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants. Eligibility periods are based on the time elapsed between the date of the first PhD of the applicant and the 1st of January of the budget year to which the Work Programme refers. 
  • Two new Panels are expected to be introduced: a new SH panel (SH7) entitled “Human Mobility, Environment and Space” (to cover research in the fields of human geography, demography, health, sustainability science, territorial planning and spatial analysis), and a new PE panel (PE11) entitled “Materials Engineering” (for research relating to “Advanced materials development: performance enhancement, modelling, large-scale preparation, modification, tailoring, optimisation, novel and combined use of materials, etc.”).
  • The panel structure expected to be in place for the new calls in 2021 is available here.
  • In alignment with the processes for Starting and Consolidator Grant calls, the ERC will be introducing interviews for ERC Advanced Grant applicants in Step 2 of the evaluation.
  • Synergy Grant call will probably be included again only in the Work Programme 2022 (launch of call likely in the summer of 2021 with a deadline in November of the same year).

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The next Workshop ERC Advanced will take place on March 12, 2020. If you wish to take part please register via the Centre for Training and Development's website, or contact contact

In this Workshop, UT colleagues preparing an ERC Advanced Grant application have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the programme, address specific questions and discuss with ERC experienced colleagues, in a workshop co-organised by the Centre for Training and Development and the Grants Office. 

Upcoming: general ERC INFO SESSION

The next info session will happen when more information about 2021 calls become available (expected early Summer). 

This info session will inform on the type of grants, eligibility criteria and evaluation process; complementing this information, a UT ERC grantee shares her/his personal experience during proposal preparation.

Presentation ERC Info session 2019 (March 19)

ERC grants: the rules of the game - ERC National Contact Point Mariëlle Brouwer (RVO


Considering the shift in deadlines for 2021, the next ERC Masterclass is expected to take place late Summer 2020. If you wish to be informed please contact

The ERC Masterclass - provided by the Grants Office and the UT's Centre for Training and Development - is designed to go deep into proposal preparation (including working on research idea and CV), for those committed to applying in the coming ERC Starting and Consolidator calls.

ERC application preparation flow

UT researchers considering an ERC application can count on professional assistance throughout preparation. Aside from the formal info and training moments (see below), candidates can expect support at different levels of preparation.

Two special points of attention in the preparation timeline: 


It is essential that you discuss your plans for an ERC application as soon as the idea comes to your mind! An important part of the discussion is determining when the best time for the application is; your Faculty and the Grants Office will support you in the planning, e.g. defining your eligibility window and how to develop your career/ CV in order to be(come) a (more) competitive candidate.


Allow yourself time for finetuning of your proposal, and tap on the support offered by the Faculties and Grants Office. One month before the call deadline - time for preparation of the "host institution support letter" (mandatory in the application) - you are requested to present a draft of your full proposal. The Faculties and the Grants Office will help addressing any shortcomings of the draft, and complete all necessary adminstrative arrangements.