The purpose of Synergy Grants is to bring two to four researchers and address ambitious research questions using their complementary skills, knowledge and resources in unprecedented ways. With this scheme the ultimate goal is to give support to a close collaborative interactions that will enable transformative research at the forefront of science, capable of yielding ground-breaking or even unpredictable scientific results and/or cross-fertilizing disciplines.

The researchers applying to Synergy Grant are expected to explain the synergies between them in detail and the groundbreaking discoveries that a single researcher cannot achieve alone but can only be achieved together. There are no other specific requirements other than high scientific quality and ambition enhanced by the synergetic collaborative aspect of the project , however Synergy Grant Calls are expected to be highly competitive, where only exceptional applications will be accepted.

Synergy Grant projects are evaluated differently than other ERC calls. First of all, researchers who apply for SyG are required to select “keywords" instead of a panel selection, unlike StG, CoG, AdG calls. In addition, the evaluation of StG, CoG, AdG calls is planned to be two-stage, while the SyG call is has a three-stage evaluation. In the first stage, B1 form is examined, in the 2nd and 3rd stages the whole project proposal will be evaluated and in the 3rd stage, the principal researchers will be interviewed.

Synergy Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 10 000 000 for a period of 6 years. However, up to an additional EUR 4 000 000 in total can be requested in the proposal to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.

2019 Work Programme introduced the possibility for one Principal Investigator in a Synergy Grant Group to be based anywhere in the world, including outside the territory of the European Union (EU) Member States and Associated Countries.

If you need more information please refer to the ERC Work Programme and related ERC Information for Applicants documents.



ERC-2020-SyG Call is expected to be published on July 2019 and closed on November 2019.

SyG Calls are published annually and the general features usually do not differ year by year. Therefore if you are preparing to submit a proposal to 2020 SyG Call, please refer to the important documents for ERC-2019-SyG Call below. In addition you can apply to ERC Principle Investigator Advancement Programme before the the 2020 SyG call is open.

For any suggestions and questions about ERC Calls you can always send an email to


Important Documents:

ERC 2019 Work Programme
Information for Applicants to the Synergy Grant 2019 Call
SyG Proposal Template
Official Call Page (proposal submission is not possible)


Other documents:

ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation
Guide for Peer Reviewers
Horizon2020 Annotated Grant Agreement
ERC Mono Beneficiary Model Grant Agreement
ERC Multi Beneficiary Model Grant Agreement
Horizon 2020 Online Manual (Submit A Proposal)
Participant Portal IT Manual


Lists of ERC Panel Members:
2019 SyG List of Panel Chairs
2018 SyG List of Panel Members


TÜBİTAK H2020 Support and Award Programmes:

You may apply to the below mentioned TÜBİTAK H2020 Support and Award Programmes which were designed to increase Turkey’s participation to the ERC calls.

  • ERC Principle Investigator Advancement Programme: This programme involves, proposal pre-evaluation support, participation to project proposal writing and submission trainings and interview trainings and travel support.
  • Above-Threshold-Award: This is an award given for ERC applicants that passed the first evaluation step. The amount of the award is maximum 60,000 TL (approx. 9,000 EUR) and it is calculated based on the mark received after the evaluation.
  • Success Award: This is an award given to ERC Principle Investigators and their host institutions. The total amount of the award is maximum 8,550,000 TL (approx. 1,270,000 EUR) for Synergy Grants and it is calculated according to the project budget and the project duration.
  • Transfer Award: This is an award given to ERC Principle Investigators that bring their project to Turkey and their host institution The amount of the award is maximum 500,000 TL (approx 75,000 EUR) and is calculated according to the project duration in Turkey.