The call for ERC Advanced Grants 2020 closed for applications on 26 August 2020.
These are the preliminary data on the submitted proposals:
- The ERC received 2,678 proposals for Advanced Grants, an increase of 42% compared to the 2019 call when 1,881 applications were submitted. Physical Sciences and Engineering attracted the highest number of applications (1,175), followed by Life Sciences (746), and Social Science and Humanities (757).
- Women submitted 597 proposals (22%), an increase from 19% in the previous call.
- The ERC Work Programme earmarked €492 million for an estimated 209 Advanced Grants in 2020.
The ERC is now starting evaluation of the proposals. The selected projects will be announced in spring of 2021.
ERC Advanced Grants support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the groundbreaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.