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Present EU Funding Opportunities


There are currently three main EU funding calls:


1. ERC Advanced Grants


**Deadline: 2 June 2015**


As part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 funding portfolio, the ERC Advanced Grants scheme is designed to support already established research leaders wishing to lead ground-breaking and ambitious projects. 


Applicant Principal Investigators can be based in any discipline and the ERC encourages proposals of an interdisciplinary nature which cross the boundaries between different fields of research and include new, unconventional and innovative approaches.


The scheme operates without predetermined thematic priorities and has no requirements for international collaboration. The sole criterion is the excellence of both the applicant and project, with funding offered of up to €2.5m for up to 5 years.


Applicant Principal Investigators should be able to demonstrate an excellent track record of research achievements over the last 10 years, although it is possible to apply for extensions to this period when time has been spent on maternity/paternity and illness leave.


The call launched on 10 February 2015 and further detailed information is available at:  


Contact <> for HSS and also your Departmental Administrator and/or Research Grant Administrator as soon as possible if you are considering applying for this or any of the schemes outlined below.



2. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: Individual Fellowships


**Deadline: 10 September 2015**


Are you interested in hosting an international scholar here at Cambridge? The European Commission's Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) scheme provides an opportunity to do just this. 


The Individual Fellowships scheme presents opportunities to gather and transfer new knowledge and to host researchers from a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or from outside Europe. The scheme especially supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.


The call for applications is non-thematic and applicants can be based in any discipline. There is a keen focus on inter-disciplinarity and inter-sectoral exchange.  Applicants may be of any nationality but cannot have spent more than 1 year in the country of the host institution in the last 3 years, timed from the relevant deadline for submission. 


The call launched on 12 March 2015 and further detailed information is available at:


It would be helpful if potential supervisors and their prospective fellows please contact <> and also, in the case of supervisors, their Departmental Administrator and/or Research Grant Administrator as soon as possible regarding application to this scheme.



3. REMINDER: Collaborative Research Funding opportunities under the Grand Societal Challenges strand of Horizon 2020


**Various deadlines, but 28 May 2015 for the Reflective Societies: Cultural Heritage and European Identities theme, for example** 


These schemes are thematic and require consortia of at least three partners from at least three EU member (or associated) states.


Further information is available at:




The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 is currently under development, with draft documentation available. A document outlining the prospective adjustments in funding focus will be available on the AHSS research group website in a few weeks' time.

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