European Research Council (ERC)

The ERC is a flagship component of Horizon Europe, the EU’s programme for research and innovation. It provides individual grants to outstanding scholars with excellent research ideas. The focus is on academic excellence and pioneering frontier research, which is why the calls are open to all topics.

  • Starting Grants for researchers with 2–7 years of experience since the completion of their PhD; up to 1.5 million euros over a maximum of five years
  • Consolidator Grants for with 7–12 years of experience since the completion of their PhD; up to 2 million euros over a maximum of five years
  • Advanced Grants for experienced excellent researchers; up to 2.5 million euros over a maximum of five years
  • Synergy Grants for groups of two to four researchers and their teams; up to 10 million euros over a maximum of six years

Researchers who have already secured an ERC grant and would like to turn the ideas generated from the project into innovations can acquire additional funding through the ERC’s Proof of Concept calls.

The ERC calls are organised in annual work programmes. Applications are usually submitted by individuals, together with a host institution.

Do you have an outstanding research idea and an excellent CV?
Feel free to contact us! eu-ssc(at)uni-due.de

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ERC Mentoring at the UDE

UDE offers outstanding young researchers an attractive academic environment. ERC applicants are provided with comprehensive support during the application phase. To this end, a mentoring programme for ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant applicants has been established, which enables applicants to exchange ideas with experienced ERC grantees, reviewers and expert researchers, and guarantees intensive administrative support in all phases of the application.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

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Our mentors

 A portrait of Prof. Dr. Rainer Meckenstock

Prof. Dr. Rainer Meckenstock

Prof. Meckenstock heads the Department of Aquatic Microbiology at the Faculty of Chemistry.

Institutional affiliations:

  • Biofilm Center
  • Strategic research area Water Science
  • Centre for Water and Environmental Research

In his ERC Advanced Grant ‘EcOILogy – Microbial life in oil’, Prof. Meckenstock investigated how microbial degradation works in petroleum. Among other things, he addressed the following questions: How do microorganisms manage to survive in oil at 50 degrees despite extreme conditions? How exactly does life in oil work?

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A portrait of Prof. Dr. Achim Goerres

Prof. Dr. Achim Goerres

Prof. Goerres holds the Chair in Empirical Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Institutional affiliations:

  • Institute of Political Science
  • Strategic research area Change of Contemporary Societies
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Immigration and Integration Research

In his ERC Consolidator Grant ‘POLITSOLID – The Ties that Bind: Experimental Analyses of Political Solidarities in Modern European Democracies’, Prof. Goerres is creating an artificial online state called Novaland, investigating how and why people react to external changes.

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