The Starting Grant Principal Investigator shall have been awarded his/her first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January (call date). For ERC-2023-StG call, the applicants shall have been awarded their first PhD between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive).

The effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD can be reduced in certain properly documented circumstances like: maternity, paternity leave, long-term illness or clinical training. For example, for maternity the effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD will be reduced by 18 months for each child born before or after the PhD award. A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor.

Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of 1.5 Million Euros for a period of 5 years. However, this budget may go up to a maximum of 2.5 Million Euros to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country like Turkey from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities (d) and field work costs.

ERC-2023-StG call is launched on 12 July 2022 and it will be closed on 25 October 2022 17:00 Brussels time. 

Call page (new!)


IMPORTANT NOTE - 1: As of 2023 calls the ERC changed the methodology of the calculation of PhD reference date for the eligibility period. According to the new rule the date of the successful PhD defence will be used. Whenever the PhD certificate does not show the PhD defence date, applicants should provide a written confirmation from the awarding institution stating the said date. For more information please see Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2023 Calls

IMPORTANT NOTE - 2: TÜBİTAK ERC Principal Investigator Development Program (EBAG) is currently open for this call and the deadline for applications is 10 September 2022. By applying to the EBAG Programme you can get project writing training, project pre-evaluation and interview training support. 


For your questions regarding the call please contact us as ERC National Contact Points in TÜBİTAK through


Important documents for the call

ERC Work Programme 2023 (new!)

Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2023 Calls (Updated on 3 August 2022!)

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

ERC Guide for Peer Reviewers (StG, CoG) (new!)

ERC Rules of Submission (new!)

MGA used for ERC actions under Horizon Europe (HE General MGA) (new!)


List of ERC Panel Members

2023 StG List of Panel Chairs (not published yet)

2022 StG List of Panel Chairs

2007-2021 StG 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