22 Feb 2021

EC approves ERC work programme for 2021

On 22 February 2021, the European Commission (EC) adopted the work programme for the European Research Council (ERC) for 2021. This work programme ist the first to be aproved under Horizon Europe. In 2021, a total of €1.9 billion will be made available by the ERC to allow some 1,000 top researchers to pursue frontier research. As in previous years, most of the funding (66%) is earmarked for early- to mid-career scientists and scholars. The funding will also support jobs for an estimated 6,860 postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and other research staff employed in ERC-funded teams.

The ERC has stated that the 2021 work programme introduces some novelties, such as interviews now being part of the evaluation process also for Advanced Grant applicants and two new evaluation panels (SH7 - Human Mobility Environment and Space, and PE11 – Materials Engineering). Due to the transition from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe, the call calendar is shifted compared to the calendars of previous years, and the Synergy and Proof of Concept calls will not open under this year’s work programme. Details of calls and submission deadlines can be found on the ERC website.

For more information:

ERC - press release

ERC Work Programme 2021