European Research Council has published the 2018 Consolidator Grant call. ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they might still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The Principal Investigators shall have been awarded their first PhD over 7 and up to 12 years prior to 1 January, 2018.
A competitive Consolidator Grant Principal Investigators must have already shown research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced several important publications as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant PI should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences.
Research must be conducted in a public or private research organization located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. The funding is provided for up to five years.
ERC Consolidator Grant Call 2018 has a budget of €550 million, worth up to €2 million per grant.