While the plan contains all the well-known grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants, there are also new elements:

  • The budget for the Proof of Concept grant scheme will increase from €25 million to €30 million
  • Two additional grounds for extension of the eligibility windows for the candidates for Starting and Consolidator Grants will be introduced for researchers seeking asylum or being a victim of a natural disaster
  • A special grant is foreseen to support ERC Science Journalism Initiative that will entail a support for journalists wishing to spend time at research institutions to better understand frontier research

EPSO encourages its members to already prepare and then submit proposals to the ERC 2023 calls following the calendar below.  In addition to the resources listed below, EPSO foresees to publish its Horizon Europe WP 2023-2024 briefing in quarter four of 2022.

How and when to apply for ERC grants?

The Work Programme published today includes a tentative calendar of grant competitions. The call for Starting Grants is planned to open on 12 July 2022. The Synergy Grant call is set to follow one day later on 13 July 2022.

Starting Grant Consolidator Grant Advanced Grant Synergy Grant Proof of Concept Grant
Call opens 12/07/2022 28/09/2022 08/12/2022 13/07/2022 20/10/2022
Call deadline (cut-off deadline) 25/10/2022 02/02/2023 23/05/2023 08/11/2022 24/01/2023



Indicative date for signature of grant agreements 23/12/2023 06/04/2024 17/08/2024 02/04/2024 07/09/2023




The last two resources are available on the EPSO Member only website, under Multinational Funding Programme > Horizon Europe > Briefings & Information session


EPSO Members, except external Personal Members, can contact Sofia Ciravegna [email protected] for access to the EPSO Members’ Only website.


Wishing you success with your proposals


Karin Metzlaff, Alexandra Barnoux and Alan Schulman


Source: ERC, 12.07.2022