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Individual funding: European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF)

Individual funding in Horizon 2020 comprises:


1.  the renowned ERC grants, offering different opportunities for different career levels. Open ERC calls can be found in the funding & tenders portal.
The indicative dates for calls under the new Framework Programme Horizon Europe are announced by the ERC so far as follows. The prerequisite is that Horizon Europe starts on January 1, 2021 as planned.

 Starting GrantConsolidator GrantAdvanced GrantSyngergy Grant 
Qualification2 - 7 years after PhD7 - 12 years after PhD10 year excellent track recordGroups of 2 - 4 excellent researchers 
Funding rateUp to 2 Mio €Up to 2.5 Mio €Up to 3.5 Mio €Up to 14 Mio € 
DurationUp to 5 yearsUp to 5 yearsUp to 5 yearsUp to 6 years 
Annual Calls08.04.202120.04.202131.08.2021No Call in 2021  



2.  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, eligible for experienced researchers (PhD holders or those with four years of research experience after graduation (full-time equivalent)). Open MSCA calls can be found in the funding & tenders portal.

European Fellowship (EF) 
  • Research stay in Europe
  • Experienced researchers of any nationality (Phd >= 8 years of research experience after graduation)
  • 12 to 24 months in a Member State or Associated Country
Global Fellowship (GF) 
  • Research stay in a Third Country and return period
  • Experienced researchers who are nationals of a Member or Associated State or who have undergone a long-term research stay (>= 5 years without a break) in Europe
  • 24 to 36 months in third country (including a mandatory 12-month reintegration period back to the Member State or Associated Country after the completion of the outgoing stay)
Call Deadline15.09.2021


Financial support is provided in the form of allowances covering living, mobility and, if applicable, family costs. The host institutions receive fixed amounts for their administrative and indirect costs. :

  per month
Researcher unit cost
Living allowance*
(adjusted by a country correction coefficient : DE 97%)
€ 4.880
 Mobility allowance€ 600
 Family allowance€ 500
Institutional unit cost
Research, training and networking costs€ 800
 Management / Overhead€ 650