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ERC CALLS 2021-2022: Tentative planning 

The ERC Scientific Council is sharing its tentative planning for the 2021-2022 ERC calls for proposals. As of now, the following intended timetable has been presented:


Opening Date

Deadline Date

Starting Grant 2021

12 Jan 2021

9 March 2021

Consolidator Grant 2021

21 Jan 2021

20 April 2021

Advanced Grant 2021

20 May 2021

31 Aug 2021

These dates are still subject to change. We count on a few months' delay, as budget negotiations and Horizon Europe plans are still ongoing and somehow delayed. Still, it is good to take the dates provided as guideline for earliest dates to-be-expected (and avoid surprises).

ERC Panels updates 2021-22

The panel structure will be changed from past years. More details have been now made available, including the new panel descriptors. For PIs who are aiming at resubmitting proposals, it is important to be aware of this in good time. As for all other applicants, understanding the composition of panels helps with choosing the optimal “target audience” (evaluators).

ERC Grants Contact
dr. C.N. Popa (Catalin)
EU Grants Advisor
General Contact
+31 (0)53 489 2024 (secr.)


The next info session, with information about the 2021 ERC call, will take place on November 13 2020. This info session will provide information on the type of grants, eligibility criteria and evaluation process. Complementing this information, a UT ERC grantee will share her/his personal experience during the proposal preparation.

Registration is expected to be open shortly.

workshop ERC starting and consolidator

Considering the shift in deadlines for 2021, the ERC Workshop for Starting and Consolidator Grants took place on October 8, 2020. The ERC Workshop (a collaboration between the Grants Office and the UT's Centre for Training and Development) was 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.


The Workshop ERC Advanced 2020 has taken place on March 12, 2020. In this Workshop, UT colleagues preparing an ERC Advanced Grant application had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the programme and address specific questions. If you missed the training moment but wish to proceed with an application, just reach out to

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.

UT ERC Info Session 13 November 2020