€1.9 billion will be made available by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2021 to allow some 1,000 top researchers to pursue frontier research. As in previous years, most of the funding (66%) is earmarked for early- to mid-career scientists and scholars. The funding will also support jobs for an estimated 6,860 postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and other research staff employed in ERC-funded teams.
The Starting Grant call is scheduled to open on 25 February 2021. The Consolidator Grant call will open on 11 March 2021 and the Advanced Grant on 20 May 2021.