Call for proposals 2019 - European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept Grants ERC-2019-POC Closed!


The ERC Work Programme 2019 sets out the Objectives and Principles of ERC funding. The ERC's proof of concept grant is an add-on grant only on offer to Principal investigators that already benefit from an ERC main research grant (Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant, Advanced Grant or Synergy Grant). Proof of Concept Grants are therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.

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.

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


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

  • ERC-2019-PoC: ERC-Proof of Concept

European community funding

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

  • 25,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 22 January 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 25 April 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 19 September 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2019 (Work programme)
  • Guide for applicants (Guidelines for applicants)

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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