ERC Funding

EU funding for excellent researchers

The European Research Council (ERC) is the European Commission’s initiative to foster excellent researchers and innovative research aims. The assigned ERC Grants are part of the research framework program since 2007. The research framework program Horizon Europe (2021 – 2028) is currently in preparation.

ERC awards individual grants for outstanding scientists in an EU-wide competitive procedure. Applicants are addressed in three funding lines according to their personal career level. The focus is on basic and visionary research in all disciplines. Scientific excellence is the decisive funding criterion in all funding lines. 100% of direct costs and 25% overhead are coverd within all funding lines.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hecker, Vice President for Research and early Career Scientists

Funding Lines

Two-Stage Process

ERC Starting Grant and ERC Consolidator Grant ERC Advanced Grant
Online submission oft he application Online submission oft he application
Stage 1: Assessment of the research proposal (Application part B1) Stage 1: Assessment of the research proposal (Application part B1)
Stage 2: Evaluation of the full proposal and interview in Brussels (or online depending on the situation) by independent experts. Stage 2: Review of the full proposal

Funding Criteria

All funding lines will be evaluated based on the following quality criteria:

  • Innovative character and impact of the research project: relevance of the topic and its significance for current challenges; innovation and high risk/high gain potential
  • Scientific approach and selection of methods: accuracy of the methodological framework, development of new methods, comprehensibility of time and work plan

Since each grant is person-related, the applicant’s acquired scientific expertise is subject of evaluation. The achievement will be (among others) scored based on the number of top publications, invited talks and former funding.

Support by the Research Services and European Office

The team of the Research Services and European Office will be happy to support you in all areas of the application process. This includes strategic and administrative advice and support as well as preparation/training and monitoring of interviews.

Funding and Incentives provided by TU Braunschweig

The application for an ERC Grant requires a lot of time and preparation from the applicant. In order to create an aditional incentive and to support the project in the best possible way, TU Braunschweig offers a special ERC GAIN Program, which offers financial support for potential applicants with internal funding for TU Braunschweig’s applicants who reach stage 2 of the ERC Grant evaluation and the Agnes-Pockels-Fellowship.

The ERC GAIN Concept of TU Braunschweig

In order to significantly increase the number of ERC grants, TU Braunschweig has developed the ERC GAIN concept, which not only provides advice and institutional support to applicants, but above all offers a concrete financial incentive system in the form of two special funding lines.

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ERC planning workshop

In the internal section you will find recordings of the ERC planning workshop on November 26, 2020 with an introduction to the current funding lines and conditions of the European Research Council (ERC) and an experience report by Prof. Dr. Jessica Agarwal (ERC Starting Grant 2017).

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