The European Research Council (ERC) officially announced today, the adoption of its 2021 Work Programme by the European Commission, making it the first Work Programme to be approved in the frame of HORIZON EUROPE, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027. Furthermore, an updated timeline for the opening and closing of the upcoming 2021 ERC Calls for Proposals, has also been announced.

Starting Grants | ERC-2021-StG
Open: 25-02-2021
Deadline: 08-04-2021

Consolidator Grants | ERC-2021-CoG
Open: 11-03-2021
Deadline: 20-04-2021

Advanced Grants | ERC-2021-AdG
Open: 20-05-2021
Deadline: 31-08-2021


Via the 2021 Calls for Proposals, ERC will provide €1.9 billion to around 1000 top researchers, in all stages of their career, in order to support them perform frontier research.

It should be noted, that the final version of the Work Programme is expected to be available probably by tomorrow on the Funding and Tenders Portal, while the first Call, that of the ERC Starting Grant, is expected to open on 25 February 2021 with the new deadline being on 8 April 2021.

The 2021 ERC Work Programme, does not include a Call for Proposals for ERC Synergy Grants, however the next Call is expected to be announced around summer 2021, with funding coming from the 2022 ERC Work Programme. Likewise, no Call for the ERC Proof of Concept Grant is foreseen in the 2021 Work Programme.

The Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), can support researchers interested to submit proposals with a Host Institution in Cyprus, during the proposal preparation, via consulting support and pre-screening services, via the National Contact Point for ERC (Katerina Karakasidou Malla, [email protected], tel 22205036).