Opening ERC teams to the world

The European Research Council (ERC) launched over the last years new initiatives in the form of "Implementing Arrangements".

These arrangements provide opportunities in Europe for early-career scientists supported by non-European funding agencies to temporarily join a research team run by an ERC grantee.

The purpose of the arrangements is to encourage, develop and facilitate such opportunities.

Currently the following arrangements are in place:

  • United States, signed 13 Jul 2012, with the National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Read more: agreement, press release
  • Korea, signed 8 Nov 2013, with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning
    Read more: agreement, press highlight
  • Argentina, signed 13 Mar 2015, with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation
    Read more: agreement ES|EN, press highlight
    For the interested CONICET-funded scientists, see more here 
  • Japan, signed 29 May 2015 with the Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
    Read more: agreement EN, press release
    For the interested JSPS-fellows, see more here
  • China, signed 29 Jun 2015, with the National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC)
    Read more: agreement ZH|EN, press highlight
    For the interested NSFC-funded scientists, see more here 
  • South Africa, signed 26 Oct 2015, with the National Research Foundation (NRF)
    Read more: agreement EN 
  • Mexico, signed 12 Nov 2015, with the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt)
    Read more:  agreement ES|ENpress highlight

New similar arrangements from various geographically areas are being negotiated. It is expected to have them signed in 2016 and 2017. 


Please note that there is one ERC Call for expression of interest per year launched to inquire ERC grantees about their interest to host young non-European scientists in their research teams. The next ERC Call for expression is planned for October 2016.

  • ERC solicits expressions of interest from Principal Investigators (PIs) holding ERC grants in hosting non-European scientists (from Unites States, Korea, Argentina, Japan, China, South Africa)
    Depending on the scientific coverage of each non-European agency, the interest in specific scientific domains may vary
  • ERC sends each non-European funding agency a listing of interested PIs/teams, with a publishable description of the ERC projects
  • Non-European funding agency informs the pre-selected non-European scientists of the collaborative opportunity
  • Non-European scientist checks the list provided by ERC and contacts ERC grantee to check interest
  • If both scientists agree on all the details, the Host Institution of the ERC grantee issues a "letter of intent" or "support letter", submitted by the non-European scientist to the non-European funding agency to apply for funding
  • Non-European funding agency selects and funds the non-European scientist

Check also the timeline


PoC grants and ERC projects that are ending within the following 18 months are not eligible

Selection of the non-European scientists is done by each non-European funding agency without any ERC intervention (neither in the selection criteria nor in the selection procedure)

It is expected that the above procedure will be repeated on an annual basis

Any questions regarding the implementation of these arrangements may be sent to