ERC 2021 is the first Work Programme under Horizon Europe, Europe’s new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027 to be published. It includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion.

Over the entire long-term EU budget 2021-2027 of €95,5 Billion in current prices (accounting for inflation), the European Research Council is set to receive over €16 billion from Horizon Europe, which represents an increase of 22% vis-à-vis Horizon 2020. Thus, the ERC will benefit from the biggest single budget line in Horizon Europe.

EPSO encourages its members to apply for ERC 2021 calls following the calendar below.



Starting  Grant Consolidator Grant Advanced Grant
Call identifier ERC-2021-StG ERC-2021-CoG ERC-2021-AdG
Opening date 25/02/2021 11/03/2021 20/05/2021
Deadline(s) 24/03/2021 20/04/2021 31/08/2021

The Synergy Grants are not available under the 2021 Work Programme but will be likely awarded again as from Work Programme 2022. Moreover, the ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant is currently under revision by the ERC Scientific Council and does not appear in 2021 Work Programme.

Wishing you success with your proposals

Karin Metzlaff, Alexandra Barnoux and Alan Schulman


Contacts: Karin Metzlaff and Alexandra Barnoux