ERC Consolidator grants applications in figures. What do they indicate?


The European Research Council (ERC) has published the preleminary data on proposals submitted to the ERC Consolidator Grants 2021 call which had closed for applications on 20 April 2021. This year, the ERC CoG received 2,648 proposals. This is an increase of 5.6% compared to the 2020 call when 2,506 applications were submitted. The highest number of applications was submitted in the domain of Physical Sciences and Engineering (1,112 applications), followed by Life Sciences (779), and Social Science and Humanities (757). Women submitted 33.5% proposals, which is about the same share as in the previous call (33.6%). The ERC Work Programme earmarked €633 million for an estimated 317 Consolidator Grants in 2021. The ERC is now starting evaluation of the proposals. The selected projects will be announced in March 2022.

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent researchers at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicants must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposals.

The source of the information: webpage of ERC.