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ERC Starting Grant

Date: 26.07.2022 - 25.10.2022
ERC Starting Grant

Announcing Institution:

European Commission

CWN Project Advisor:

Magdalena Żychowska
phone: 12 663 30 08

Sebastian Bąk
phone: 12 663 38 46

Call description:

The objective of the ERC Starting Grant call is to empower excellent researchers at the stage of building their own research group and carrying out their first independent research. The programme is intended for researchers showing promise as independent investigators, their ambitious projects showing promise of ground breaking work. The sole criterion of evaluation is research excellence: qualifications and achievements of the principal investigator as well as the original quality and scholarly value of the research idea. Proposal evaluation is carried out in two stages. In the second stage authors of proposals will be invited to an interview. 

Terms and conditions of application:

  • Eligible applicants are researchers who earned their first doctorate between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020 (by end of day).
  • The European Commission expects the candidates to show for themselves at least one publication to which they have contributed as the principal author or published without the involvement of their academic supervisor.
  • The project may be carried out at a freely chosen host institution, provided that it is based at a EU country or a country associated with the Horizon Europe programme. It may also be carried out at an international European research organisation (e.g. CERN), the EU Joint Research Centre or other entity established under the EU law.
  • The projects may deal with any research domain. Project subjects are chosen by the applicants themselves.
  • Highly appreciated will be interdisciplinary projects with high level of risk, leading to important discoveries and ground breaking results.
  • The funding will cover 100 % of project costs.
  • The maximum funding per project is EUR 1.5 million (EUR 2.5 million on meeting certain special conditions) for projects with a duration of up to 5 years.
  • Indirect costs make for 25% of direct costs with the exception of the headings Subcontracting costs and Internally invoiced goods and services.
  • The principal investigator in an ERC Starting Grant is required to spend at least 50% of the project's working time at a EU or EU-associated country, and to allocate at least 50% of their working time for the implementation of an ERC project.

You are kindly welcome to participate in the Assistance Programme for Jagiellonian University Researchers applying for ERC grants. Consult the information on the Programme available on the RSC website:

How to Apply:

Application Deadline:

The call for proposals runs until 25 October 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (Brussels time). (CWN deadline 11 October 2022).

JU internal regulations:

Pursuant to the Order no 56 of JU Rector 11 July 2016 on: The procedure for drawing up and implementing projects funded from external sources at Jagiellonian University persons interested in entering the call (not applicable with JUMC) are asked to deliver to the RSC:

  • by 11 October 2022, 12:00 p.m.:
    • a Research Project Entry Form and a VAT Eligibility Form, filled out in the electronic system JU Project Zone at:;
    • a proposal draft (electronic version sent as a pdf file to the address of the call assistant at the RSC);
    • Commitment of the host institution for ERC Calls 2023. Please email the following to the address of a research call assistant at the RSC: one copy (without signatures) in the form of a PDF file and another copy signed with a qualified electronic signature by the principal investigator and head of the host entity (or a document with a scanned handwritten signature of the principal investigator, supported with a qualified electronic signature by the head of the host entity). In order to be issued a JU logo letterhead please contact in advance a call assistant at the RSC;
  • until 25 October the final version of the proposal (electronic version sent as a pdf file to the address of the call assistant at the RSC).

Proposal submission requires the approval of the Research Project Entry Form, in the electronic system JU Project Zone. You are encouraged to deliver the documents to the RSC well ahead of the above mentioned deadlines.

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