European Research Council (AHSS)

The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

Being ‘investigator-driven’, or ‘bottom-up’, in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians.

ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country.

Indicative summary of calls – 2021 Deadlines

Starting Grant Consolidator Grant Advanced Grant Synergy Grant
Call identifier ERC-2023-StGERC-2023-CoGERC-2023-AdGERC-2023-SyG
Call opens 12/07/202228/09/202208/12/202213/07/2022
Call deadline 25/10/202202/02/202323/05/202308/11/2022

Useful links

ERC official website:

ERC WP 2021-2022: ERC Work Programme 2022 (

Dr Chiara Loda is the European Research Council National Contact Point (SSH) based at the Irish Universities Association.

The Irish Research Council holds the national support roles for ERC (SSH). The NCP service is carried out by the IUA under a partnership with the IRC, the national support agency for Horizon Europe Cluster 2 and joint NCP for ERC.

Dr Maria Nash is the ERC National Delegate and ERC National Contact Point (Life Sciences and Physical Sciences & Engineering), based in SFI.