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Q: In some countries, 'habilitation' is a scientific degree awarded to formally acknowledge the achievement of research independence. Are holders of this degree eligible to apply to the ERC Consolidator Grant 2017?

According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2017 call, there is no eligibility restriction to holders of a 'habilitation'. The reference date used for calculation of the applicant's eligibility is the PhD award date or medical doctor degree award date. 

For more information please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2017, Annex 2.

Q: For ERC projects under FP7: where should I deposit/publish my open access articles?

For ERC projects under FP7, ERC strongly encourages ERC funded researchers to use discipline-specific repositories for their publications (for Life Sciences Europe PubMed Central,; and for Physical Sciences and Engineering arXiv, If there is no appropriate discipline specific repository, researchers should make their publications available in institutional repositories or in centralized ones, such as Zenodo, Although ResearchGate, and LinkedIn are well-known networking and information exchange portals among scientists and scholars, they do not qualify as an open access repositories.

Q: What are the reporting requirements for an ERC grant?

The ERC reporting requirements foresee two different reporting streams to cover the financial aspects on the one hand, and the scientific aspects of the grant on the other hand, as described in Article 20 of the ERC Model Grant Agreement.

Scientific reports are the sole responsibility of the Principal Investigator and are submitted via the Host Institution usually twice during the lifetime of a project (at mid-term and at the end). The financial reports are prepared by the Host Institution in consultation with the Principal Investigator and must usually be submitted every 18 months; this report must include information on the use of resources and the general implementation of the project (see Article 20.3 of ERC Model Grant Agreement).

At the end of a project, the Host Institution will also have to submit a Certificate on Financial Statements for each beneficiary (and linked third party) depending on the amount of the costs claimed (if the entity requests a total contribution of €325.000 or more). Both types of reports (Scientific and Financial) are prepared and submitted online via the Portal.

Q: Can a Principal Investigator apply simultaneously, for more than one proposal, as a Principal Investigator to the ERC? Is it possible to receive funding from more than one ERC Grant at the same time?

There are three main restrictions to be considered for Principal Investigators in this regard:

  • A Principal Investigator may submit proposals to different ERC frontier research grant calls published under the same Work Programme, but only the first eligible proposal will be evaluated.
  • A researcher may participate as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (please note that projects with a Co-Investigator were supported under the Advanced Grant in ERC Work Programmes from 2008 – 2011) in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time. Please note that a new frontier research project can only start once a previous frontier research grant agreement has ended.
  • A researcher participating as Principal Investigator in an ERC frontier research project may not submit a proposal for another ERC frontier research grant, unless the existing project ends no more than two years after the call deadline (please note that this should be calculated according to the duration of the project as stated in the current frontier research project grant agreement).

These restrictions may be modified in future work programmes by the ERC Scientific Council.

As a team member, it is possible to participate in more than one ERC grant. Please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2016 (section “Eligibility criteria”) and to the relevant call for more information.

Q: Under an ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) project, are time sheets needed for the Principal Investigator (PI)?

No, the time sheets are not needed for the contractual obligations.

For more information, please refer to the Multi-Beneficiary Model Grant Agreement for the ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Lump Sum Pilot (H2020 ERC MGA PoC Lump Sum Pilot — Multi & Mono).

Q: Under ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, which is the general rule for Principal Investigator (PI) commitment?

The Principal Investigator (PI) should be employed or engaged by the Host Institution of the ERC PoC Grant during its entire duration. There is no minimum commitment percentage of the working time required from the PI applying for an ERC 2019 PoC call. However, in the grant agreement, PIs must enter a minimum of their working time, as they are responsible for managing the ERC PoC project. It is essential that the cumulative percentage commitment that the PI spends on the ERC PoC action and on the main ERC StG/CoG/AdG Grant (if still ongoing) does not exceed 100%.

For more information please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: Under the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, can the related resources for establishing a company (e.g. accountant and notary cost) be considered eligible in the proposal?

For ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Lump Sum Pilot actions, beneficiaries do not need to keep records on their actual costs for the purpose of proving the actual utilisation of the grant contribution; they only need to keep appropriate and sufficient evidence (documentation, records) that the action tasks (as described in Annex 1) were properly carried out.

For more information, please refer to the Multi-Beneficiary Model Grant Agreement for the ERC PoCLump Sum Pilot (H2020 ERC MGA PoC Lump Sum Pilot — Multi & Mono).

Q: Under call ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC), can a Co-investigator from an ERC Advanced (AdG) funded project be eligible to submit an ERC PoC proposal as Principal Investigator (PI)?

No, Co-investigators are not eligible for an ERC PoC Grant. Only Principal Investigators (PIs) in research main grants (ERC StG, CoG or AdG Grants), as well as PIs and corresponding PI of SyG Grants are eligible to submit a proposal to the ERC PoC call.

More information on the eligibility criteria for the PIs can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2019, in the section relevant to the call.

Q: Under an ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, what are the reporting requirements of a project?

In the ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Grants, given the shorter length (in comparison to ERC Frontier Research Grants), the project report is required only once, at the end of the project, and will combine the technical and financial aspects in one single document.

Article 20 of the H2020 ERC PoC Grant Agreement defines the reporting requirements. The ERC PoC report must be prepared and submitted online via the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Q: Under ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, which type of feedback do applicants receive during and after the evaluation of their proposals?

ERC PoC 2019 proposals are evaluated on a 'Pass/Fail' basis on each of the evaluation criterion. The applicant receives the feedback on the outcome of the peer review evaluation in the form of an evaluation report. This indicates whether the proposal is retained for funding and provides the passed/failed status for each of the evaluation criteria, with corresponding comments given by the panel.

More information on the evaluation procedure can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2019, in the section relevant to the call.