Selected – 2023

Access ERC Starting Call for Projects 2023

The purpose of the ACCESS ERC call is to support young talents in the preparation of their first application to the ERC Starting Grants, by enabling them to strengthen their CVs, so that they can be competitive in this specific call. The Access ERC programme consists in financing two-year (24 months) post-doctoral contracts for young PhDs hosted in French research labs.

The Access ERC 2023 call is only open to Social Sciencies and Humanities.

The ANR funding consists of a two-year (24 months) post-doctoral contract, between 1 July 2023 and 31 August 2025, with the objective of applying to the ERC Starting Grants. In order to allow future applicants to apply to the ERC Starting Grants with the best chances of success, the ANR has taken measures to speed-up the selection of proposals, the implementation of funding and to provide support. to sum-up :

  • A single beneficiary (the French research organisation that will host and support the young researcher during these two years, and will be Host Institution for the ERC submission);
  • Selection performed by a multidisciplinary scientific evaluation committee;
  • A swift return to the applicants (results notified approximately 4 months after the closing date of the call);
  • A kick-off meeting to provide successful applicants with information on the ERC Starting Grants, in particular from the national contact points
  • To apply to this call: Hold a PhD in Social Sciences and Humanities (or any degree or qualification corresponding to the international standard of an ERC-eligible PhD).
  • Be eligible for the ERC Starting Grants call for the duration of the Access ERC post-doctoral contract (2 years), i.e. have 2 to 7 years of experience after the thesis on the 1st of January of the year of the targeted ERC Starting Grants call.
  • To have obtained the guarantee of being hosted in a French research lab (EA, UMS, UMIFRE...), where he or she will benefit from suitable working conditions and the supervision of a mentor. The choice of the host lab is important since the project submitted to the ANR must demonstrate its inclusion in the scientific axes of this unit and its impact beyond the 2-year post-doctoral contract. The unit director and the mentor (who will jointly write a letter of commitment) can be the same person or two different persons, but neither of them can be the thesis director.
  • Have demonstrated mobility abroad or in France, for at least one year, during the thesis or after the thesis. 

Demonstrate a strong command of English, oral and written.

The maximum support allocated by the ANR to this Access ERC 2023 call is 170 k€ (including environmental costs) for a period of two years, between July 1st 2023 and August 31st 2025. This financial support will cover the salary of the young researcher (limited to 5 400 € per month) as well as the costs related to his/her environment.

The young researcher will have to commit himself/herself in the framework of this Access ERC 2023 call to submit at least one application to the ERC Starting Grants in one of the 7 SHS panels, in October 2024 (ERC 2025), and even as early as October 2023 (ERC 2024), if his/her situation allows it.

Opening : 2022-09-27 at 16:00 CEST
Application Deadline : 2023-01-05 at 13:00 CET


Chargé de projets scientifiques au département SHS

Funded projects


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The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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