Horizon Europe: New Grants to Top Researchers
European Commission presents the first work programme under Horizon Europe, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027. It includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion for 2021: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants. UK will participate.
Horizon Europe is the research and innovation framework programme running from 2021-2027, with a budget of €95.5 billion.
On Monday, the European Commission presented the Work Programme 2021 for the European Research Council. This is the first work programme under Horizon Europe, Europe’s new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027.
It includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants
The European Research Council (ERC), an EU public body for funding of scientific and technological research, will manage this Work programme and offers grants to top researchers from anywhere in the world who are ready to come or to stay in Europe to pursue their breakthrough scientific and technological discoveries that can form the basis of new industries, markets, and social innovations of the future.
Three main Calls for Proposals
Within the new series of competitions:
- the first call is “Starting Grants” which will support top researchers to start their own independent research team or programme. The call will be launched on 25 February, with a budget of €619 million and a deadline of 8 April.
- the second call, the “Consolidator Grants“, for researchers who are consolidating their own independent research team or programme will open, with a budget of €633 million. The deadline for applications is 20 April.
- the third call, the “Advanced Grants”, will be launched on May 20, for leading advanced investigators, with a budget of €626 million and deadline on 31 August.
Over the entire long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Research Council is set to receive over €16 billion from Horizon Europe.
The European Research Council awards grants through open competitions to projects headed by starting and established researchers. As its sole selection criterion is scientific excellence, it strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come and stay in Europe.
So far, the European Research Council has funded over 9,500 top researchers at various stages of their careers, and over 70,000 postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and other staff working in their research teams.
An independent review in 2020 found that some 80% of projects funded are scientific breakthroughs or major advances, showing the outstanding quality of this EU-funded research.
Through the Brexit deal struck between the UK and EU on 24 December, the UK will be part of Horizon Europe.