Italian Fund for Science - Call for proposals open

The Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) has launched the first call for proposal of the Italian Fund for Science to support fundamental research projects to be conducted at one of the Italian Host Institutions.

In 2021 project proposals will be supported with 50 million euros according to the following two funding schemes:

a) Starting Grant: fundamental research projects conducted by emerging researchers

The total funding value of the Starting Grant scheme will be 20 million euros per 2021.


b) Advanced Grants: fundamental research projects conducted by established researchers

The total funding value of the Advanced Grant scheme will be 30 million euros for 2021.



Project proposals may cover all research fields relating to the domains and scientific disciplinary fields included in the ERC- European Research Council.

Project proposals may be submitted by eligible Principal Investigators of any nationality, who have chosen one of the Italian Institutions as their Host Institution. Principal Investigators not yet employed, on permanent or temporary basis, at the host institution, need to formalize an ad hoc contract after the project ranking publication.

The Hosting Institution as beneficiaries of the funding are listed in article 4, paragraph 4 of Ministerial Derial Decree no. 841 of 15 July 2021:

  • Academies of Fine Arts, Conservatories, Italian, state and non-state Universities and university institutes including specialized higher education institutes;
  • enti pubblici di ricerca pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 218 of 25 November 2016;
  • legal entities with research purposes, provided they are based in Italy, with a permanent venue located within the national territory, which receive ordinary state contributions;
  • public or private Scientific Institutes for Research.

Applications in English must be submitted online from October 26, 2021 (12:00 CET +1) and no later than 12 noon on December 27, 2021 (12:00 CET+1).

For further information please visit FIS- call for proposal