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22 February 2021

European Research Council kicks off Horizon Europe for 2021

The European Commission today presented the Work Programme 2021 for the European Research Council. This is the first work programme under Horizon Europe, Europe’s new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027. It includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion. The European Research Council (ERC) offers grants to top researchers from anywhere in the world who are ready to come or to stay in Europe to pursue their breakthrough scientific and technological discoveries that can form the basis of new industries, markets, and social innovations of the future.

 

Over the entire long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Research Council is set to receive over €16 billion from Horizon Europe, representing an increase of 22% vis-à-vis Horizon 2020.

 

The first call to be launched within the new series of competitions is the European Research Council’s Starting Grants, which will support top researchers to start their own independent research team or programme. The call will be launched on 25 February, with a budget of €619 million and a deadline of 8 April.

 

Western Balkan Countries such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are also eligible for this call for proposals.

 

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