Catalunya is in the 2nd position of the Member States with 125 ERC grants in H2020
261 excellent researchers from institutions from the Catalan research System get one of the prestigious ERC grants for approximately 400 million euros, representing the 3.2% of the European Research Area in number of FP7 and H2020 ERC grants. Of the total, 99 are Starting grants, 50 Consolidator grants, 60 Advanced grants, 50 Proof of Concept and 2 Synergy grants. See the data in the Fact-sheet ERC: Catalonia participation data.
The European Research Council (ERC) funds excellent researchers for groundbreaking and high risk projects contributing to advance beyond the frontiers of knowledge. The ERC grants are open to researchers of any nationality who wish to carry out their research in an European institution and spend a minimum of 50% of their total work time in Europe.
Since 2007 the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) has evaluated more than 65.000 proposals and has funded over 7.000 projects after following a rigorous evaluation process solely based on excellence without predetermined priorities.
AGAUR offers a coaching program based on broad support to ERC grants candidates in all phases related to the preparation and evaluation of proposals: info days, workshops and role-play interviews for those applicants who have been invited to expose their project in front of the ERC evaluation panel. Those interested in participating can contact with firstname.lastname@example.org