Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake will be carried out in an EU Member State (EU) or Associated Country (AC) like Turkey.
Research projects funded by the ERC can last up to five years and can cover frontier research in any scientific domain, including social sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary studies. The grants may help both emerging research leaders ('ERC Starting Grants' and 'ERC Consolidator Grants') and already well-established and recognised scientists ('ERC Advanced Grants').
If you are moving to Turkey you can apply for additional funding, which can total up to 2 Million Euro for a Starting Grant (instead of 1.5 Million Euro for those already established in Europe), 2.75 Million Euro for a Consolidator Grant (instead of 2 Million Euro) and 3.5 Million Euro for an Advanced Grant (instead of 2.5 Million Euro).
It is not obligatory to spend 100% of your time in Europe whilst carrying out the ERC-funded research. For Starting and Consolidator Grants, the Principal Investigator should devote at least 50% of her/his total working time to the ERC-funded project, while spending at least 50% of her/his total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country like Turkey. For Advanced Grants, the Principal Investigator should devote at least 30% of her/his working time to the ERC project and spend at least 50% of her/his total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country.
For more information please visit the website of ERC.