The Principal Investigator shall have been awarded his/her first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January (call year). As an example: for ERC-StG-2022 call, the researcher shall have been awarded his/her first PhD between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2019.

The effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD can be reduced in certain properly documented circumstances like: maternity, paternity leave, long-term illness or clinical training. For example, for maternity the effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD will be reduced by 18 months for each child born before or after the PhD award. If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact us.

A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor.

Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of 1.5 Million Euros for a period of 5 years. However, this budget may go up to a maximum of 2.5 Million Euros to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country like Turkey 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 (d)and field work costs.

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



ERC-2021-StG call was closed on 8th April 2021. 

ERC-2022-StG call is expected to be launched on 23 September 2021 and the deadline will be 13 January 2022. ERC 2022 Work Programme has been published. The rest of the supporting documents and templates are expected to published once the call is launched. 

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Important Documents:

ERC 2022 Work Programme (NEW!)
Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2021 Call
Official Call Page 
HI Support Letter
2021-2022 Panel Structure


Other Documents:

Rules for Submission and Evaluation
Guide for Peer Reviewers (StG, CoG)
General Model Grant Agreement 


List of ERC Panel Members:

2021 StG List of Panel Chairs
2007-2020 StG Panel Members (in aggregated form)


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.