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The information on this site is subject to a disclaimer, a copyright notice and rules related to personal data protection.


The ERC maintains this website to enhance public access to information about its initiatives and European Union policies in general. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them.
However the ERC accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on this site.

This information is:

  • of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;
  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;
  • sometimes linked to external sites over which the ERC has no control and for which the ERC assumes no responsibility;
  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available online exactly reproduces an officially adopted text. Only the Official Journal of the European Union (the printed edition or, since 1 July 2013, the electronic edition on the EUR-Lex website) is authentic and produces legal effects.

It is our goal to minimize disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on our site may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The ERC accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of ERC in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.

Copyright notice

© European Research Council Executive Agency 2009 - 2018
Reuse is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged. The ERCEA's reuse policy is implemented by the Decision of 12 December 2011 - reuse of Commission documents [PDF, 728 KB]. The general principle of reuse can be subject to conditions which may be specified in individual copyright notices. Therefore, users are advised to refer to the copyright notices on individual websites maintained under the Europa website and in individual documents. Reuse is not applicable to documents subject to intellectual property rights of third parties.

Personal Data Protection

The European Union is committed to user privacy.

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 [234 KB] of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.
This general policy covers the European Union's family of institutional Web Sites, within the domain.

Information on ERC funded projects is available in the “Project and Results” section.
Some of these data may be retrievable in comma separated value (csv) file format or in PDF format.


When browsing the ERC website, some personal information is required through cookies in order to provide the e-services you request.
Such information will be treated according to the policy described in the Regulation mentioned above. Information about the use of your data is provided in the specific privacy policy statement (see below).

In this respect:

  • For each specific e-service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific e-service with the privacy policy;
  • Within each Institution, a Data Protection Officer ensures that the provisions of the Regulation are applied and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (see art. 24 of the Regulation). As this website is managed by the ERCEA, you can contact the ERCEA Data Protection Officer for any questions or complaints. Please choose "data protection" as the category for which you would like to ask a question in the contact form;
  • For all the Institutions, the European Data Protection Supervisor [27 KB] will act as an independent supervisory authority (see art. 41 to 45 of the Regulation).

The European Union's family of institutional websites, within the domain, provides links to third party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies (see cookies).

What is an e-service?

An e-service on EUROPA is a service or resource made available on the Internet in order to improve the communication between citizens and businesses on the one hand and the European Institutions on the other hand.

The ERC website offers both:

  1. Information services that provide citizens, media, business, administrations and other decision makers with easy and effective access to information, thus increasing transparency and understanding of the policies and activities of the EU;
  2. Interactive communication services that allow better contacts with citizens, business, civil society and public actors thus facilitating policy consultations, and feedback mechanisms, in order to contribute to the shaping of policies, the activities and the services of the EU.

Specific privacy statement

  • What information is collected, for what purpose and through which technical means
    The ERC website collects personal information exclusively to the extent necessary to fulfil a specific purpose. The information will not be re-used for an incompatible purpose.
  • To whom your information is disclosed.
    We will only disclose information to third parties if that is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose(s) identified above and to the mentioned (categories of) recipients. We will not use nor divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes.
  • How you can access your information, verify its accuracy and, if necessary, correct it.
    You can contact the ERCEA Data Protection Officer in order to apply your rights by choosing "data protection" as the category for which you would like to ask a question in the contact form. As a data subject you also have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on legitimate compelling grounds except when it is collected in order to comply with a legal obligation, or is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party, or is to be used for a purpose for which you have given your unambiguous consent.
  • How long your data is kept.
    The EU only keeps the data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection or further processing. Some statistical data may be kept, with the appropriate safeguards in place, for a longer period in order to analyse the use of the website.
  • What are the security measures taken to safeguard your information against possible misuse or unauthorised access
    The ERCEA puts in place measures to guarantee that your personal data are kept up-to-date and processed securely. We strive to ensure a high level of security for information shared with us (for example when filling in our contact form), such as using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). Nevertheless, communication over the internet, including email, is not fully secure and can potentially be intercepted by persons outside of the ERC.
  • Whom to contact if you have queries or complaints.
    You can contact the ERCEA Data Protection by selecting "data protection" as the category for which you would like to ask a question in the contact form.

How do we treat the personal data that you communicate to us?

Contact form

Our website offers the possibility to contact the ERC by using the form available on this web page. When you send such a message, your personal data is processed only to the extent necessary to reply. If the management team of the mailbox is unable to answer your question, it will forward your e-mail to another service. You will be informed, via e-mail, about which service your question has been forwarded to.
If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to include them in your message selecting "data protection" as the category for which you would like to ask a question in the contact form.

News subscription

You will be able to subscribe to our news by registering your email address in a subscription form present in every ERC web page.
If you subscribe to our news, your email will be registered in a database offered by YMLP and managed by ERCEA staff. Your email address will only be used for sending you news concerning ERC activities and Calls.
You can consult the privacy policy of YMLP here.
You can always unsubscribe by sending us an email through the contact form , category "Web" or by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the end of every news email you receive from us.

Cookies – storing information on your computer

What are cookies? 

To ensure the proper functioning of this site, some web services used by place small data files on your computer, known as cookies.
Most big websites or internet service providers do this too. Cookies help the site remember your settings and preferences so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to us.
We also use Google Analytics cookies to understand our website performance. With Google Analytics information we improve the user experience of the visitors. You can find more information here: safeguarding your data
Cookies are not used to identify you personally.

Social media cookies

  • The videos present on the website are embedded from Vimeo and YouTube. All these websites have their own cookies and privacy policies that are automatically applied when watching the videos but over which we have no control.
  • By clicking on the LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook button on our website you will be re-directed to the relevant site, which has its own cookies and privacy policies over which we have no control.

How you can control cookies 

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish by changing the preference of the Internet Browsers– for a guide, see AboutCookies.
You can delete all the cookies already on your computer and you can set most browsers to block them being from placed. The ERC does not use cookies for any other purpose than those presented here.

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