Fundamental Research - Fondo Italiano per la Scienza (FIS)

Fondo Italiano per la Scienza - Ricerca fondamentale

The call, issued by MUR - Italian Ministry for University and Research aims to support fundamental research projects, in the framework of FIS - Fondo Italiano per la Scienza, established in 2021. This fund is addressed to high-level research activities, in line with the ERC - European Research Council.

FIS promotes two actions, inspired by the European Research Council (ERC) core funding schemes:

  1. Starting Grants, for emerging researchers (Junior PIs) with 2-10-year postdoctoral experience (this limit can be extended in case of documented career interruptions). Maximum grant amount: 1M euros per project (additional 500.000 € can be requested for specific equipment in panels LS and PE);
  2. Advanced Grants, for established researchers, with a minimum of 10-year experience (Senior PI) and max. 65-years old. Maximum grant amount: 1.5M euros per project (additional 500.000 € can be requested for specific equipment in panels LS and PE).

Project proposals may deal with any relevant research fields, in line with one of the ERC's reserch main domains: Life Sciences (LS), Physical sciences and Engineering (PE) and Social Sciences and Humanities (SH).

Project duration: up to 5 years.

Applications are open to researchers of any nationalities, who choose Ca' Foscari University of Venice as Host Institution, whether or not they are already working at Ca' Foscari.

From 2022, the call will fund also ERC Starting and Advanced Grant project proposals that received a positive evaluation from ERC, but have not been funded because of the ERC available budget.

Call for applications 2021 (currently closed)

50 million euros are available for this call, of which 20 are dedicated to the Starting Grant and 30 to the Advanced Grant. 

Deadline: 27 December 2021.


Project proposals must be uploaded in the dedicated platform, accessible from the call opening date, in English language.
The evaluation undergoes a three-stage procedure, similarly to ERC calls. 

Last update: 28/02/2023