An ERC grant at Ghent University

Are you a dedicated and creative researcher with a highly innovative research idea? Ghent University invites you work in a first-class research environment in the vibrant city of Ghent.

Ghent University actively promotes its participation in the ERC-programme of Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). The university offers long-term a long term research professorship to both young and established researchers who successfully obtained an ERC Grant.

Find a suitable research group to join in our Research Directory.

Funding and grants

ERC provides funding for the implementation of ground-breaking research for a period of 5 years.

The following types of grants are available:

  • ERC Starting Grants (1.5 mio euro for 5 years, for researchers with 2-7 years postdoctoral experience*)
  • ERC Consolidator Grants  (2 mio euro for 5 years, for researchers with 7-12 years postdoctoral experience*)
  • ERC Advanced Grants (2.5 mio euro for 5 years, for established senior researchers)

*Extensions of the eligibility period are possible based on documented absence for parental leave, long-term illness, military service or clinical training. Check the ERC Work Programme for more details. 

This programme, managed by the European Research Council (ERC) provides a distinctive funding mechanism devoted to scientific excellence for all scientific fields.
Currently, Ghent University hosts several ERC-projects.

What can Ghent University offer you?

As an applicant

  • Support in the proposal writing stage: screening and review of proposal in cooperation with external consultants and former ERC grantees

As a successful ERC-grantee

  • A long-term research professorship
  • A wide range of career development opportunities
  • Full administrative support by the EU Funding Unit (part of the Research Department)

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