Consolidator Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants (CoG) are aimed at researchers 7 to 12 years after completing their doctorate.

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The ERC Consolidator Grants (CoG) support excellent young researchers whose independent research group is in its consolidation phase.

Evaluation criteria are based upon the specific research domain and the point in the researcher’s career. For instance, applicants should have several impactful first-author publications or publications without the participation of the researcher’s doctoral supervisor. Additional benchmarks include publications in leading international journals, monographs, patents, presentations at international conferences or receiving national and international science awards. The exact requirements are explained in every call’s Information for Applicants section.

Researchers of any nationality who completed their doctorate 7 to 12 years previously may apply for a Consolidator Grant. This timeframe can be extended under certain conditions. Other rules apply for researchers with a degree in medicine.

Consolidator Grants can be awarded for a period of up to five years and provide financing of up to 2 million euro. Up to an additional 1 million euro can be requested to cover eligible "start-up" costs for researchers moving to the EU or an Associated State from a third country in order to purchase major equipment, to gain access to large-scale facilities or to cover major costs for experiments and field research. The ERC Grant can cover up to 100% of a project’s total eligible direct costs and an overhead contribution at a flat rate of 25% of the total eligible direct costs.

In order to successfully fulfil the requirements to complete a Consolidator Grant project, researchers must dedicate at least 40% of their working time to the ERC project and at least 50% of the working time must be spent in the EU or in an Associated State. Evidence of fulfilling these requirements must be provided during the project.

You can find further application requirements here.

Results of past calls

Information on past calls listed by funding line, year, domain and country can be found on the ERC homepage.

All results of Consolidator Grant calls since 2013 are briefly summarised here. Information about the composition of review panels can be found on our documentens page.

Horizon Europe

Consolidator Grants 2021

  • 2.648 applications submitted
  • Number of applications (submitted), selected by discipline:
    Physical Sciences and Engineering (1112)
    Life Sciences (779)
    Social Sciences and Humanities (757)
  • 33,5 percent of applications were submitted by women
  • 633 million euro were earmarked for approx. 317 projects
  • Press Release (23. April 2021)

Horizont 2020

Consolidator Grants 2020

Consolidator Grants 2019

Consolidator Grants 2018

Consolidator Grants 2017

Consolidator Grants 2016

Consolidator Grants 2015

Consolidator Grants 2014

Consolidator Grants 2013

  • The first call for the ERC Consolidator Grants (ERC-2013-CoG) was published on 7 November 2012 with a deadline on 21 February 2013. In previous years, ERC Consolidator Grants were part of the ERC Starting Grants.
  • Over 3,600 applications submitted, 312 projects proposed for funding
  • Funding rate: 8.5 percent
  • Budget: 713 million euro
  • 43 grants went to German host institutions
  • 24 percent funded proposals submitted by women
  • ERC Press Release (14. January 2014)
  • Statistics
  • Funding List