‌The European Research Council, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premiere European funding organisation for excellent frontier researchers. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based in Europe. The ERC offers four core grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants. With its additional Proof of Concept grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between their pioneering research and early phases of its commercialisation. The ERC is led by an independent governing body, the Scientific Council, and is highly sought after for its prestige.

Since 2007, the ERC has funded more than 12,000 projects and over 10,000 researchers, with more than 100,000 evaluations of research proposals. The ERC strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come to Europe. Evidence of this is the fact that “ERC projects have so far led to over 2,200 patents and other IPR applications and ERC grantees founded or co-founded over 400 start-ups.” Also, ERC grantees have gone on to win “12 Nobel Prizes, 6 Fields Medals, 11 Wolf Prizes and dozens of important prizes”. awarded to ERC grantees

The ERC is led by an independent governing body, the Scientific Council. The ERC President is Maria Leptin, who has held this office since November 2021. The overall ERC budget from 2021 to 2027 is more than €16 billion, as part of the Horizon Europe programme, for which the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

Since 2015, CÚRAM’s investigators have received 14 awards from the ERC, including four Starting grants, five Consolidator grants and five Proof of Concept grants.

The ERC’s YouTube channel offers a series of videos with advice ranging from  Applying for an ERC Grant, How to Write Part 1 of your ERC proposal, and How to get Your ERC Grant

Funding Potential

Within Horizon Europe, the European Research Council (ERC) offers attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/high-risk research in any field (here).

Since the establishment of the ERC in 2007, CÚRAM researchers have been successful in securing ERC grants (here). Our FIs have also gained valuable experience and insight as active ERC panel members and remote evaluators for all ERC calls.

ERC Funding Schemes

An ERC Grant at CÚRAM

We encourage and welcome applications from researchers who wish to conduct their ERC research at CÚRAM. We have developed a support mechanism, consisting of training, assistance with support grants, counselling, mentoring and coaching throughout the whole ERC application process.

If interested, contact our EU Grants Officer Dr Emer Garry, emer.garry@universityofgalway.ie



morphoPRINT (2023-2028)

4D bioprinting shape-morphing tissues using phototunable supramolecular hydrogels

ERC Starting Grant Andrew Daly

Arth-Alleve (2023-2028)

Disruptive Therapies for the long-term relief of Osteoarthritis Pain

ERC Consolidator Martin O’Halloran

MULT2D: (2019-2024)

Multiscale Mechanics of bone Fragility in Type-2 Diabetes

ERC Starting Grant Ted Vaughan

DEEP FIELD (2021- 2026)

Magnetic sensors for image-guided surgery

ERC Consolidator Padraig Cantillon Murphy, UCC

ACHIEVE (2021-2026)

Advanced Cellular Hierarchical Tissue-Imitations based on Excluded Volume Effect

ERC Consolidator Dimitrios Zeugolis, UCD

MEMETic (2020-2025)

Mechanobiologically mimetic model systems for study of Bone disease

ERC Consolidator Laoise McNamara



DBSModel (End Date 2021)

Multiscale Modelling of the Neuromuscular System for Closed Loop Deep Brain Stimulation

ERC Consolidator Madeleine Lowery

DBScontrol (End Date Feb 2022)

Implementation and preclinical testing of a closed-loop control for deep brain stimulation

ERC Proof of Concept Madeleine Lowery

EndoSolve (End Date 2021)

A novel medical device for the treatment of Endometriosis

ERC Proof of Concept Martin O’Halloran

COSIP (End Date 2020)

Clarifying Optimal Sodium Intake Project

ERC Starting Grant Martin O'Donnell

HydroLieve (End Date 2020)

A long-lasting non-migrating hydrogel for relieving chronic pain

ERC Proof of Concept Martin O’Halloran

BioElecPro (End Date 2020)

Frontier Research on the Dielectric Properties of Biological Tissue

ERC Starting Grant Martin O’Halloran

DRAIOCHT (End Date 2019)

A low-cost, minimally invasive and safe method for permanently treating varicose veins.

ERC Proof of Concept Martin O’Halloran

RÉALTA (End Date 2018)

Challenging Hypertension Through Novel Medical Device Development

ERC Proof of Concept Martin O’Halloran