ERC Proof of Concept Grants

Proof-of-Concept: funding for ERC grant holders to bridge the gap between research and earliest stage of marketable innovation.
ERC PoC grants can fund a maximum of EUR 150 000 for a period of 18 months. Special conditions apply when applying for PoC grants with KI as the Host Institution and you should contact grants office, and the KI legal department to discuss the conditions related to your application.

What kind of activities can be funded?

  • establishing viability, technical issues and overall direction
  • market research clarifying IPR strategy
  • investigating business opportunities
  • initial expenses for start-up


A Host Support Letter is required for PoC ERC applications. The Host Support Letter must be signed by an Authorised Representative, in most cases this is the Head of Grants Office, Björn Kull. Fill in the Host Support Letter with your name, project acronym and title. An Application Assurance Form, which is completed by the PI, Head of Department and Head of Administration is a prerequisite for the Host Support Letter . Send completed forms to Grants Office. Grants Office will send you back a scanned pdf of the signed letter. You must submit this pdf together with your proposal.


Go to the submission link and login with your ECAS account login (ECAS = European Commission Authentication Service). Choose External and login. Otherwise, choose External and Create an account, and follow the given instructions.  

Once you have logged in and provided basic information you will come to STEP 3. Here you should log in and create a draft proposal. Information you will need at STEP 3 is:

KI’s PIC (PIC = Participant Identification Code): 999978530
Registration data for the proposal, i.e. Acronym and Short Summary
Select an ERC Review Panel

The registration data can be updated/changed at a later stage.    

STEP 4 Add Björn Kull as your Main Host Institution Contact and as his contact address - DO NOT USE HIS OWN EMAIL ADDRESS! See the Participants and Contacts guidelines for further clarification

STEP 5 Edit the proposal. Click on edit forms to enter the administrative part of the proposal, called Proposal Submission Forms. The administrative forms must be completed online. Some parts of the forms are prefilled based on your data entered at registration.

Download Part B templates (in left column). These forms can be filled in off-line and uploaded when complete.


If you have any questions regarding the ERC grants please contact Laura Plant.


Laura Plant

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 876 49
Organizational unit: Grants Office