Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. 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. Proof of Concept Grants are therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.

The financial contribution is a lump-sum of 150,000 Euro for a maximum period of 18 months.

ERC-PoC2 call opened on 16 November 2021. Applications will be evaluated and selected in three rounds, based on three specific cut-off dates: 15 November 2022, 19 May 2022 and 29 September 2022.  A Principal Investigator may submit only one application per call.

Principal Investigators in a main grant (StG, CoG, AdG or SyG) that has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2022 are eligible to apply to ERC-2022-PoC2 call. 

If you would like to apply for ERC Principal Investigator Programme (EBAG) where you can get financial support for project writing training and pre-evaluation support you can have more information here. The deadline to apply to EBAG for this call is 15 August 2022. 

For support please contact us as ERC National Contact Points in TÜBİTAK through


2022 Budget: 50 M Euros (334 estimated projects)

Call Page (ERC-2022-PoC2 call is closed on 29 September 2022. ERC-2023-PoC call will be launched on 20 October 2022.)


Important documents for the call

ERC Work Programme 2023 (new!)

Information for Applicants to the Proof of Concept 2022 Call (old!)

Application form (HE ERC PoC 2022)  (rtf. format is available in submission system)

ERC Guide for Peer Reviewers (PoC)

ERC Rules of Submission

Multi & Mono Model Grant Agreement for Lump Sum Grants


List of ERC Panel Members

2011-2020 PoC List of Panel Members (aggregated)


Additional Documents

EU Financial Regulation 2018/1046

Rules for Legal Entity Validation, LEAR Appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment

Funding & Tenders Portal Online Manual

Funding & Tenders Portal Terms and Conditions

Funding & Tenders Portal Privacy Statement

Association agreements to Horizon Europe