STARS Grants 2019

Stars Grants 2019

Through the call for proposals STARS Grants 2019 the University of Padova financially supports individual research projects without any predetermined priority for the duration of two years. Candidates may apply in one of the 25 scientific research areas corresponding to the three ERC research domains: PE - Physical Sciences and Engineering, LS – Life Sciences, SH – Social Sciences and Humanities. 

Programme objectives
The main goal is to increase the participation of the University in international competitive calls, specifically the ERC ones: STARS GRANTS 2019 grantees are committed to submitting an ERC application.
Scientific excellence will be the sole criterion to evaluate proposals.  

Who can apply
We look for Principal Investigators (PIs) of any age and nationality who wish to carry out an innovative, ambitious and feasible research project at a hosting department at the University of Padova.

What we fund
The programme is characterized by three funding schemes:

  • STARS Starting Grants (STARS-StG) for excellent PIs who are about to establish their own research team and/or to start their own independent research;
  • STARS Consolidator Grants (STARS-CoG) for excellent PIs, who are already conducting research at the University of Padova and are consolidating their own research team and/or their own independent research;
  • STARS Wild Card Grants (STARS-WiC) for PIs who submitted a project to the 2017 and 2018 ERC calls, indicated the University of Padova as their Host Institution, obtained a final score of "A" but were not funded due to budget limits.

How and When to apply
The STARS GRANTS 2019 call will be open from 10 January to 2 April 2019, 1 p.m. (Italian time zone).
The applications must be submitted via the on line system upon registration:
Information about the submission procedure, templates and support documentation is available in the “Guide for applicants and proposal templates” enclosed to the call.


  Step 1 - Preselection Results

Important notice: PE Panel Preselection results (Step 1).

We regret to inform that, due to a delay in the formation of the PE evaluation panel, the selection process by the PE Subcommittee has been necessarily postponed and we expect that the evaluation results concerning the admission to Step 2 of the STARS@UNIPD Programme will be available for PE candidates within Friday, August, 23rd, 2019.

All PE candidates will be informed directly by e-mail about their personal evaluation result whilst the list of candidates admitted to Step 2 will be published on the STARS@UNIPD Programme website ( and

We will do our best to guarantee that the overall timeline of the selection process will be respected, so that interviews of candidates selected for Step 2 are organized with adequate notice and held in Padova in October 2019.

Closed calls

The STARS Grants 2019 is jointly managed by the Research and Quality Office and the International Research Office of the University of Padova:

Research and Quality Office
for  information about the proposal submission 

International Research Office
for  information about the evaluation procedure 

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