Highly competitive grants of the European Research Council (ERC) are aimed at outstanding researchers of all ages, sexes and nationalities. Scientific excellence is the only evaluation criterion.
Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants assist the best starting researchers with excellent ideas to make the transition to independence by providing adequate support at the critical stage when they are setting up or consolidating their own research team or programme.
Advanced Grants support outstanding and established research leaders to further expand their work.
Applications of UZH researchers
Researchers at the UZH intending to apply for an ERC grant are asked to contact EU GrantsAccess at an early stage. This institution is run jointly by the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich and advises researchers at both universities.
Researchers in Switzerland are fully eligible to apply for all ERC calls. The association of Switzerland to Horizon 2020 (the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation) is secured for the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2020.