Call for proposals 2017 - European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept Grants ERC-2017-POC Closed!


Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work (i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects. Proof of Concept Grants are therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.

The objective is to provide funds to enable ERC-funded ideas to be brought to a pre-demonstration stage where potential commercialisation or societal opportunities have been identified.


The activities to be funded should draw substantially on the ERC-funded research project, but they are not aimed at extending the original research or predominantly concerned with overcoming technical obstacles.
The grant will cover activities at the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition, i.e. the initial steps of pre-competitive development of commercial potential.

Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • ERC-2017-PoC: ERC-Proof of Concept

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 20,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 19 January 2017 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 25 April 2017 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 05 September 2017 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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