ERC Proof of Concept Grants - the next cut-off date in September


European Research Council's Proof of Concept Grant Call is open for the submission of proposals. "Proof of Concept" is a funding scheme open to researchers who have already been awarded an ERC grant. Its purpose is to help ERC grantees explore the innovation potential of their research or support commercialisation of the results of their ERC-funded research.

All Principal Investigators benefiting from an ERC Advanced, Synergy, Consolidator or Starting Grant that is either ongoing or where the project has ended less than 12 months before the publication date of an ERC Proof of Concept call are eligible to apply for funding. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.


Offered support

    • funding up to 150 000 EUR
    • grant for a period of up to 18 months


The current call has been opened on 6 September 2017 and the next cut-off date is 11 September.


More than one Proof of Concept Grant may be awarded per ERC-funded frontier research project but only one Proof of Concept project may be running at any one time for the same ERC frontier research project.


The grant will be evaluated on the basis of three evaluation criteria:

      • 1. Excellence (Innovation potential): Proposals will have to demonstrate that the proposed Proof of Concept activity could greatly help move the output of research towards the initial steps of pre-commercialisation.
      • 2. Impact: The proposed Proof of Concept is expected to generate economic and /or societal benefits.
      • 3. Quality and efficiency of the implementation (Quality of the Proof of Concept plan): The proposed Proof of Concept is based on a sound approach for establishing the technical and commercial feasibility of the project.


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